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realms

Hello!

We’ve just unleashed Minecraft Realms in North America!

Realms is the easiest way for you to host a Minecraft world online. You and your friends can work on an awesome creation, adventure into the depths, or play one of our featured mini-games with just a few clicks.

The servers are always available, and can be restored to an earlier point if something goes wrong.  Realms is run by Mojang and simple to set up.

Realms is currently only available for the PC version of Minecraft, though we’re planning on releasing it on other formats in the future. For more information, check minecraft.net/realms

Minecraft Realms is currently available in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, North America, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, The Åland Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Faroe Islands, The Isle of Man, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and The United Arab Emirates.

Have fun!

Owen – @bopogamel

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Look up there. Brand-new footage of Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.9.0 with extra special insight from the devs. Hooray!

And here’s our livestream recorded a few days ago. I took questions from reddit then put them to the devs LIVE on air. Apologies for the issues with sound quality.

This is all in celebration of us reaching 20 million sales last week. We’ve actually reached 21 million to-date, but that’s not as catchy a milestone, so let’s roll with the 20 million for now.

Owen – @bopogamel

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blockholm

Next Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 CET, most of the Minecraft team, parts of the Scrolls team, and a bunch of other Mojang peeps will head over to the Blockholm exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Design here in Stockholm. We plan to stay until 12:30 or so.

Ask us questions! Maybe take a couple of pictures?

See you there!

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Pocket Edition 0.9

Greetings!

This Monday, Minecraft: Pocket Edition developers Johan, Tommaso and Jens will star in a panel broadcast live from the Mojang office. What will they be discussing? That’s up to you.

We’re hoping to harness the collective power of our Pocket Edition players to submit questions to this reddit thread. Then we’ll pick the best ones and put them to the team live on air. We’re not sure of the exact time we’ll be streaming yet, but don’t worry if you miss the live show; the archived footage will be uploaded later on.

This is all in celebration of hitting over 20m sales of Pocket Edition just a few days ago. As I mentioned in the Xbox 360 Edition post, we’re extremely grateful to all players for your dedication and creativity. Without that, Minecraft wouldn’t be anywhere near as significant as it is today.

So yeah, head to the reddit thread and submit your questions! Then check back on Monday for the live stream/archived footage!

Have a good day,

Owen, Johan, Tomasso and Jens.

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Two days ago a serious vulnerability (that’s been named “Heartbleed”) in the popular cryptographic software OpenSSL was made public. This weakness could potentially be exploited to steal information, such as login information, that normally would be protected by encryption. This software is used by roughly two thirds of the internet so a lot of services were or are at risk of being affected.

What did Mojang do?

As soon as we realized the severity of the exploit we decided to shut down all of our systems until a fix was available. This is why you were unable to log in yesterday. We then made sure that all of our services that use SSL no longer had this vulnerability before bringing them back online. We also updated all of our SSL certificates.

What should I do?

Change your Mojang/Minecraft account password

Since uses of the exploit leaves no traces, there’s no way for us to guarantee that your password hasn’t been compromised. Therefore, if you typed in your password into any of our games or websites during the last couple of days we strongly advice you to change it. Even if you haven’t logged in, it can still be a good idea the to change your password. One can never be too careful on the internet!

Change the password of your Mojang account

Change the password of your Minecraft account

Also see our help article on choosing a good password.

Change your other passwords

Remember that since many other parts of the internet was affected as well you should also change your password for any other services that you have logged in to recently.

Anything else that I need to know?

Legacy launcher discontinuned

Due to this incident we’ve been forced to discontinue support for the legacy Minecraft launcher (the one used before version 1.6). If you’re using a Minecraft version older than 1.6 you need to download the current launcher (version 1.3.11) from minecraft.net. The current launcher lets you play older versions of Minecraft as well so you can still play on your pre-1.6 servers.

For developers

Since the legacy launcher no longer works we are also retiring the old login.minecraft.net service. If you have created your own Minecraft authentication that uses this scheme you will need to migrate it to the new authentication scheme. The new authentication scheme is described in this community wiki for private use.

// Kris and the Mojang Web Force

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Minecraft 1.7.9

by Searge on April 9, 2014

Update: We have released version 1.7.9 with an important bugfix to fix some server crashes, and to resolve some skin related issues (including more crashes)

Version 1.7.9 is now officially released. This version contains some bugfixes, a few updates to make Realms even better than it already is and prepares Minecraft for the renaming feature that will eventually allow you to rename your player. The renaming feature will not be available right now, but this is an important step towards it. We have also changed the internal handling of player skins to make use of our new, improved skin servers.

Unfortunately the 1.7.6 and newer versions are not compatible with 1.7.5 (or earlier) servers. Please update your servers to 1.7.9, this is also an important step to prepare them for the upcoming 1.8 release. Servers should automatically update all player profiles to the new format, but please make sure that you are in the correct server mode (online mode/offline mode) when you start the 1.7.9 server for the first time, because profiles are not compatible between these two server modes.

Because this is important, let me repeat that last sentence:
Please make sure that you are in the correct server mode (online mode/offline mode) when you start the 1.7.9 server for the first time, because profiles are not compatible between these two server modes.

You can find more information about the 1.7.9 update in the frequently asked questions section of our previous post.

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.7.9/minecraft_server.1.7.9.jar

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams

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What’s next for Scrolls?

by Owen on April 7, 2014

vilda_the_verdant

Hello!

As you might have heard, Scrolls is Mojang’s second game. It’s hardly anything like Minecraft, but still super fun to play… honest! I’ve just posted an update on Scrolls.com that explains some of our future plans for development. Why not check it out?

If you’re new to Scrolls, now is a great time to get involved. You can buy into the Alpha at Scrolls.com/buy.

Have a good day everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel

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These are the guys responsible for the PC/Mac version of Minecraft. From left to right: Ryan, Erik, Jens, El Notcho, Michael, Nathan, and Oversized Clock.

Hello!

As mentioned by the bigwigs at Microsoft, we’ve sold 12 million copies of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Hoo! That’s loads! It might even be a record.

We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all players on Microsoft’s console. Without your passion and creativity, Minecraft wouldn’t be anywhere near as significant as it is today. The same goes for anyone enjoying Minecraft on PC/Mac, Playstation 3, iOS and Android. You’re all equally nice.

Our porters at 4J also deserve a mention for their skills. Keep it up, dudes!

Owen and the Mojangstas

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Update: The full release is now available, find out more here.

That’s a lot of numbers, but now Minecraft 1.7.6 pre-release 1 is available for testing! This is a huge step towards one of the most requested features since the birth of Minecraft; Name changes! This version provides complete support for identifying players through unique IDs and not by names, so that no matter what a player is called they will remain banned/whitelisted/oped/etc on servers. People have come to us with a lot of questions about this service so here’s a few FAQ about name-changes:

If I ban a player “Foo” and he changes name to “Bar”, will he stay banned?
Yes. Same for whitelisted players and oped players. They also keep their inventory, pets, statistics and everything they own on a server.

Can I steal somebody’s name? Can I call myself “Dinnerbone” too?
No. I am Dinnerbone and names are still unique. You cannot have the same name as another player, they will have to change their name for you to be able to take it.

How will this work with mods? What about my custom stuff on this one modded server?
Ask your mod maker/server owner. They should be able to support this system easily, but we aren’t responsible for mods or servers!

Can I already change my name? Where do I go? Will it cost? How often can I do it?
We will enable name changing when we feel that enough users are using 1.8 or higher, so that servers have time to switch to the new player formats. We do not have any details on how name changes will be performed or any restrictions that will be required to actually perform a name change. We want it to be easy and freely available, but we also don’t want people changing their name every 5 minutes!

So where do I change my name?
Read the previous answer!

I’m a server owner, what do I have to do when I update to 1.7.6?
Nothing, really. The server will update itself, but it’s entirely possible that it may require your input if it finds an issue (nonexistant players, for example). If your server fails to start then check the log, otherwise it’s ready to play!

Is this compatible with 1.7.5?
No, sorry. We had to change the protocol to support the new player formats.

I’m scared. I need a hug.
Aww, here you go little guy. *hug* Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds.


This pre-release also comes with a lot more Minecraft Realms improvements, crash fixes, optimizations and general bug fixes.

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams

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Update: April fools :)

The long-nosed villagers introduced in Minecraft beta 1.9 have become sentient. They have taken over our skin servers and content delivery networks (CDN), so unfortunately you will not be able to change your skins until we fix the problem. We are desperately trying our best to pull the plugs, but we should prepare ourselves to serve under our new villager overlords. Singularity may be upon us.

// The Minecraft Team

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