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Notch Explains New Rules for Minecraft Servers
Filed under: MINECRAFT

Recently, Mojang made new exceptions to its EULA allowing servers to charge for use, something that was previously against the rules, as the EULA prohibits anyone from making money off of the game. Many players were outraged at these new changes, and some even went as far as calling Mojang "literally worse than EA."

Notch reached out to explain why Mojang changed its mind on this one particular issue.

For starters, privately owned servers cannot charge for items that may affect gameplay, charge for in-game currency, or restrict certain features of the game behind a paywall. Servers can run advertisements, accept donations, charge single entrance fees, or subscription fees.

"We had discussions about it internally, and eventually had a big meeting where we said that yes, people running servers are a huge part of what makes Minecraft so special, and that they need to be able to pay for the servers," Notch explained. "So we came up with all sorts of ways this could be done without ruining the 'you don't pay for gameplay' aspect of Minecraft we all find so important."

"There are new rules," he continued. "These are new exceptions to the EULA. All of these make the rules more liberal than things were before."

It makes sense to me, as those who run premium servers on their own dime should be at least compensated for keeping the servers running. Does that really make Mojang literally worse than EA?

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Chunder Jun 17 2014, 09:47 am EDT
What ever happened to just asking for donations to keep the server people enjoy playing on everyday up and running? You know... how it's been done the past 20 some years in nearly EVERY game... "If it isn't broke, don't fix it"
Snowy007 Jun 17 2014, 10:22 am EDT
Well... i used to run a minecraft server for about 4 years. At least 20 unique visitors per-day and at least 1000 unique visitors in those whole 4 years.
I had a donation button on my website and in-game information that people could donate through my site.

Guess how much money i made from those donations.
Nothing at all. €0,-
finaleve Jun 17 2014, 07:25 pm EDT
I played in a few servers. One that I was close with had donations as an option with incentives. Donate and you could get some buffs, access to certain tools, own your own little city for people to work in, etc.

I played Tekkit, which had a few things disabled for low ranking people (EE stuff which basically acted like creative mode). I played legit the whole way through constructing my fortress of doom and started making pixel art that made me a bit popular (my "mayor" took the pixel art and had it floating over the town making our area the place to be).

Donations helped the server people out a lot but a majority, like myself, don't want to donate because it's pointless to us. We wanna play the game with a community and not be milked.
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