Mojang will be starting an optional subscription service called Minecraft Realms. According to GamesIndustryInternational, for around $10 to $15 an month, you can have your own online Minecraft world where your friends can join free of charge.
Hosting worlds for other players is not a new thing to Minecraft. Although, it has proved to be quite complicated for some. Those seeking to host require the server code on their computer through which others can connect to. However, properly hosting a server needs fast internet, a strong processor and familiarity with computers. In short, not everybody can or knows how to start their own server.
As a result, third-party Minecraft servers are scattered across the world. Minecraft Realms aims to cash in on this while providing an easier and more secure way for players to connect.
Minecraft Realms is, of course, completely optional and is mostly targeted towards a younger age group. Parents may purchase a server to which their kids and their friends may connect to.
“Our costomers [sic] [for Minecraft Realms] are for parents who are tired of trying to act as server administrators on behalf of their kids,” said Mojang CEO Carl Manneh. “Minecraft Realms will be a simpler kind of service, aimed at families and kids. In the future we aim to offer certain profiles with mods that are certified to work without crashing, but this will still be a safe and easy way for kids and their families to play Minecraft online.”
“In the end I think this will get Minecraft new players, since there is a viral aspect of Realms. Kids will probably invite friends who don’t have Minecraft yet to play with them,” he said.
“All we know is that there has been a great demand for this service. We have never tried to sell anything to our gamers except the game itself and a little merchandise, so it’ll be very interesting to see if the community will be prepared to pay for a service like this.
According to Manneh, this subscription service will be “the biggest source of income in the future, and bring in more money in total than the game itself.”