Announcing Minecraft name changes

by kris on January 12, 2015

Yes, it’s true! In the near future you will be able to change your Minecraft in-game name.

When? When! When?!
We plan to make name changing available on February 4th.

What do I need to do this? Will it cost money?
The only thing you need is a Mojang account. If you currently sign in to Minecraft with an email address, you’re all good! Otherwise, you can migrate your old Minecraft account here. There are no other requirements, and it doesn’t cost any money.

It sounds good! Where can I do it?
Just head on over to your Mojang account page! Once the feature is made available you’ll see a “change” link next to your Minecraft name.

Can I steal somebody’s name? Can I call myself “Dinnerbone” too?
No. There is already somebody called Dinnerbone and names are still unique. You can’t have the same name as another player; they will have to change their name for you to be able to take it. 37 days after they change their name, the old one will become available.

What about all those unpaid usernames from so many years ago?
We will be freeing up all those old unpaid usernames when the new name changing feature is released. If you have an old unpaid name that you’d like to keep, there’s still time to buy it! Read this help article to learn how.

Can I change the capitalisation of my name?
Yes, you can!

Does this mean that I can pick a new name every day?
No. After changing your name you have to wait 30 days before you can do it again.

What if I change my name and then realise that I don’t like it? Can I change back to my old name?
Yes, you can. You still have to wait the 30 days though.

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.

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

Can I have a hug?

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Hello again!

I just posted about Minecraft Skin Studio Encore, but I have even more exciting news to share. Design a festive skin using the app and you’ll be in with a chance of winning an Xbox One!

Here’s how the competition will work:

  • Submit a festive skin to Minecraft: Skin Studio Encore between December 22nd and January 5th. Include #xmas in the title!
  • Don’t forget to include #xmas in the title of your skin. That part is super important!
  • The more festive the skin, the better! Santas, Snowmen, Elves, Mince Pies, the lot.
  • All users can “Like” their favourite festive skin. Whoever gets the most likes by the 5th of January wins.
  • The winner of the competition gets an Xbox One and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition! Nice!
  • Terms & conditions and the full entry details will be available in-app.

Good luck everyone! Get creative and have a great holiday season!

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Seeds pro
Minecraft Seeds Pro – the best seed-sharing app ever developed – has just received a massive update. Even better, it’s $1.99 instead of $2.99 from today (it’s Christmas Eve in case you didn’t know), until the 29th of December!

Here’s what comes with the latest update:

  • Group PM, stay in touch with ALL your Minecraft friends directly through private messaging in the app! Follow your friends and let them follow you and you can PM each other directly and instantly directly from the app, without exchanging numbers or anything! Up to 10 users can PM in the same group!
  •  Browse through thousands of awesome seeds and creations posted by other users! Get featured with your own!
  • Share your creations, post your favourite seeds and discuss cool forum topics with other Minecrafters. Connect and play with other players!
  • Get followed / follower others to stay updated on new awesome content posted by other users.
  •  Customise your avatar and profile to your liking!
  •  Much much more :)

The sale will be at 30% going from $2.99 to $1.99 – it’ll start the 24th of December and continue to the 29th.

Happy holidays everyone!

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To celebrate two years of skin sharing, Minecraft Skin Studio has been completely redesigned!

Since the release of Skin Studio over 900,000 skins have been created, almost 3,000,000 comments written, and over 2,500,000 likes cast. Not too shabby. A lot has changed in Minecraft since then too, so rather than patch the older version, the good people at 57digital have remade their app from the ground up.

Skin Studio Encore now features:

  • A completely new user interface and easier to use editing system
  • Full support for both Steve & Alex
  • 3D Previews everywhere – including while editing your skin!
  • Uses the new Minecraft API for importing a skin by username
  • Loads of advanced tools (including the much requested copy & paste!)
  • Over 900,000 community skins
  • The ability to submit your own creation to the community or download & modify!
  • Upload your skin to minecraft.net and change your skin for PC/Mac.


A trial version of Skin Studio is also available. Skin Studio Lite gives you the chance to design a full Minecraft Skin, but with slightly limited tools. It’s also worth pointing out that Skin Studio Pro users get the Encore upgrade for free! Just go to the updates tab on the app store.

Don’t forget about 57digital’s other apps too! Minecraft Papercraft Studio and Minecraft Skin Scanner are also pretty cool!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Update: Version 1.8.2-pre6 was just released, it contains fixes for the following issues and some other bugs that were introduced in pre5:

  • [Bug MC-77018] – Day light doesn't affect water and particles
  • [Bug MC-77021] – Beacon shows additional glitchy beam

Update: Version 1.8.2-pre5 was just released, it contains some performance tweaks, a bonus hug and fixes the following issues:

  • [Bug MC-1973] – Items placed into a beacon are lost upon destroying it or reloading a world
  • [Bug MC-4405] – Beacons work inconsistently in the Nether
  • [Bug MC-48219] – Keyboard input causes mouse look to stutter or jerk (Fixed in LWJGL 2.9.3)
  • [Bug MC-48969] – Tellraw crashes if clickEvent is an URL without "http://"
  • [Bug MC-49704] – Mooshroom udder texture does not display correctly
  • [Bug MC-50769] – Mooshrooms incorrectly display custom mushroom models
  • [Bug MC-67727] – Beacons in Nether need clear path to "sky"
  • [Bug MC-73406] – Beacon stops working at a certain height
  • [Bug MC-75083] – Single Player: Can't select any of the previous created worlds in Java 8 (Fixed by installing Java 7) (Windows 8)
  • [Bug MC-76493] – Able to hit a block behind out of range entity.
  • [Bug MC-76611] – villages.dat stores player names instead of UUIDs
  • [Bug MC-76614] – Preexisting vines on east and west sides of blocks are rendered at the wrong face of the block (floating)
  • [Bug MC-76650] – Glass Pane image flipped
  • [Bug MC-76691] – Huge Mushrooms Generate Incorrectly
  • [Bug MC-76716] – Hopper: java.lang.NullPointerException: Updating screen events
  • [Bug MC-76747] – Various particles near world border rendered incorrectly.
  • [Bug MC-76778] – Hoppers grab items from minecarts, that aren't standing directly above them
  • [Bug MC-76946] – Changing owner of Enderpearl doesn't work.

Update: Version 1.8.2-pre4 was just released and fixes the following issues:

  • [Bug MC-40275] – Credit screen/End Poem music not playing correctly
  • [Bug MC-51804] – Corner fences / cobblestone wall with a block next to them turn black (Smooth lighting off)
  • [Bug MC-71163] – Bed can overlap when placed on grass
  • [Bug MC-76562] – Hoppers don't work

Update: Version 1.8.2-pre3 fixes the following issue:

  • [MC-76556] – Creepers, Blazes, Pigs, Ocelots and Rabbits take damage every 0.5 seconds

Update: Version 1.8.2-pre2 has been released with some more performance tweaks and the following bug fixes:

  • [MC-417] – Arrows first bounce back then appear at correct location
  • [MC-3885] – Arrows shot into the underside of a block appear black
  • [MC-8578] – Hopper sometimes doesn't suck items above when they are overlaying
  • [MC-41881] – Hopper minecart acts like it is in a different position
  • [MC-59549] – Graphical Arrow Glitch in Position
  • [MC-70104] – Arrow visual glitch (fake arrow)
  • [MC-73866] – Game crash when an item is thrown into a nether portal.
  • [MC-74580] – Marker Tag doesn't make hitbox small anymore
  • [MC-76239] – Minecraft Realms main menu button's text between quotation marks

The download link at the end of this post is updated to link to the 1.8.2-pre2 server and we also refilled the free hugs jar – first come, first serve.

Happy Holidays

Just in time before the holidays, we have the pre-release for 1.8.2 ready. There are some bug fixes and performance tweaks we wanted to get out to you before most of us leave for vacation during the Christmas holidays.

As always, there are some bugs fixed:

  • [Bug MC-51573] – Hostile mobs continue to follow/attack you in spectator mode
  • [Bug MC-65697] – Explosion force on entities is directionally biased
  • [Bug MC-66089] – Explosion physics changed, range of some TNT cannons greatly reduced

Aside from bug fixes and performance increases this update includes cookies, milk and of course lots of hugs. Don’t open your gifts before Christmas!

The Minecraft team and everybody else at Mojang wish you happy holidays and a great transition into the new year!

To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “pre-releases” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8.2-pre6/minecraft_server.1.8.2-pre6.jar

Report bugs here:

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Scrolls – Mojang’s second game – has just been released on PC, Mac, and Android tablet.

Scrolls costs $5 but you can play the demo version for free! Wander over to scrolls.com and download it!

Scrolls is hardly anything like Minecraft, but it’s still super fun to play. Watch the trailer below to get an idea of how the game works.

See you on the battlefield, Mojang fan. You are great!

Owen – @bopogamel, and the Scrolls team.

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Windows phones just got significantly cooler. Now you can play Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the darn things! Hooray for Minecraft! Hooray for Windows phones! Hooray for portable gaming devices. Hooray for direct download links!

Just in case you’re not sure what a Windows phone is, I’ve included a handy reference image below.

Minecraft Window phone

Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows phones costs a reasonable £4.99/$6.99, and includes all the features that come with the iOS and Android versions.

Download and be merry, kind crafter folk.

Owen – @bopogamel

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Hello, friends.

You’ve probably heard of ebola by now. It’s a terrible disease that’s claimed over 5000 lives in a recent epidemic in West Africa. We’ve known about it for over 40 years, but it’s still considered a serious illness with no known cure.

Despite that, 50% of ebola sufferers do survive, and potential vaccines are currently being tested. Good hospital care and emergency shipments to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are vital during this time of need. But they don’t come cheap.

That’s where we can help out! A crew of Mojangstas, along with a few other game developers are participating in a game jam that runs from now until 11AM PST/8PM CET on Saturday. Even better, every smidgen of cash raised goes straight to Direct Relief’s ebola fund. The theme of the jam will be “healing,” for reasons that you can probably work out yourself.

How to donate

All you need to do is donate on humblebundle. By doing that, you’ll get access to every game developed during the Games Against Ebola jam, and help save lives in the process. It’s a massive win-win.

Watch the games being developed

You can also spectate live progress on the development of the games.

Watch the main channel here. It will cycle through the following Mojanger’s feeds: KappischeDinnerboneseargedpkrisjelbring and jbernhardsson.


  • Ebola is a terrible disease that is causing many deaths in West Africa.
  • Money is needed to put a stop to it.
  • Donate to Games Against Ebola to help those in need and get a handful of games to play this Saturday.
  • 100% of your donations go to Direct Relief.

Thanks for reading, everybody.

Owen – @bopogamel

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Realms is packed with awesome maps

by Owen on October 24, 2014

Minecraft Realms is getting even more exciting! We’ve packed it to the brim with fresh mini-games, maps to spark an epic adventure, and intricate custom spawns.

Realms gives you and your friends a persistent Minecraft world. It doesn’t matter if the host is online or what time of day it is; Realms worlds are always available for building, adventuring, and crafting. You can start from a random seed, or choose one of our pre-installed maps. You can even switch between the two and save/restore your progress when convenient.

We thought it would be good to give you a rundown of the pre-made maps currently included in Realms. Thanks to all the fantastic community members for creating these masterpieces. You are all talented and generous and lovely.
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