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Minecraft Realms BETA launches in Sweden

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minecraft realms announcedIn a quick tweet by Leonard Axelsson, Mojang has announced they have released the BETA version of the long awaited Minecraft Realms in Sweden. Essentially providing Minecraft hosting through Mojang for $13 a month, the service is expected to provide revenues equal to or above the revenues already generated by the game.

On the Realms website, the service is described as:

Playing Minecraft over the internet is a lot of fun, but it can be tricky to set up. To make things easier, we’re creating Minecraft Realms. It’s a paid service which lets users quickly create an online world that can be accessed by an approved list of players.

Minecraft Realms will always be accessible to players. It doesn’t require any technical knowledge to set things up, and it all happens from within Minecraft.

Some key points listed include the following:

  • Minecraft Realms are always online
  • Up to 20 players can be invited to a Realms server, and up to 10 of them can play at any one time
  • Worlds gets automatically backed up at regular intervals, and the host can restore their Realm to a previously saved state at any point.
  • Realms will initially come in 1, 3, or 6 month packages. The price is $13/month, but if you choose a bigger package you’ll get a better deal.
  • It won’t require you to set up LAN networks, configure IPs, or mess about with ports.
  • You’ll need to be running the most recent release of Minecraft to use Realms. Snapshot releases are not supported.
  • You’ll be able to export your maps at any time, even for a limited duration after your subscription has expired.
  • Realms will not support modding and texture packs at the present time
  • There is no size restriction. Realms supports infinite terrain.

No word on a larger release or whether the BETA will extend outside Sweden any time soon.

Stay tuned.

Source: Minecraft Realms / Twitter