‘Minecraft’ Requiring Microsoft Accounts To Play Beginning In 2021

Yolanda Curtis
October 25, 2020

This affects all editions of Minecraft, from the original Java Edition to the most current version.

Mojang has announced that they will be moving Minecraft's Java Edition away from requiring Mojang accounts to play.

Instead, Java Edition will join the rest of Minecraft in needing a Microsoft account in order to play.

This is a mandatory change. Minecraft players will be mailed in batches with instructions on how to migrate to the new account. Bedrock Edition came along to integrate with the Microsoft account system, but Java's been on its own little Mojang account island - until now.

The unification of the Mojang and Microsoft accounts into one is similar to Oculus requiring Facebook accounts to unlock the social features of the VR headsets since Facebook also acquired Oculus six years ago but only recently enforced Facebook log-ins. Anyone with a Java or Mojang account will have to make the switch sometime early next year.

"New players who are getting Java for the first time will create Microsoft accounts rather than Mojang accounts starting this fall", read the Minecraft blog.

Increased security for their account with two-factor authentication. Another perk is that all Minecraft PC games will be connected to the same acconut. For parents, improved parental controls will give you peace of mind if your children are playing.

After this migration, players will also get a special cape that, during this migration, players will keep their Minecraft Java Username and even keep the ability to use mods and skins easily.

While Mojang stated that player usernames will not be affected in-game, The Verge noted that if someone is already using a player's name or if it does not meet Microsoft's community standards, then they might have to log in with a completely different username.

Users will still be able to keep their existing mods and skins apart from creating new ones.

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