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Minecraft axes support for Apple TV because of low playerbase

Minecraft key art
Minecraft key art (Image credit: Microsoft / Mojang Studios)

Roughly two years since Microsoft and Apple revealed that Minecraft was headed to Apple TV, the game is now dropping support for the platform. In a splash page that recently began surfacing in the game on Apple TV, Microsoft alerted users that it had ceased updates and support for the platform as of September 24 (via Engadget).

From the alert:

Effective from Monday, 24 September, the Apple TV version of Minecraft will no longer be updated or supported. We're grateful to the Apple TV community for their support, but we need to reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most.

In other words, Minecraft on Apple TV hadn't attracted enough players to continue on.

While the game will no longer receive updates on Apple TV, those who have purchased the game will be able to continue playing. However, in recognition that the experience isn't "in-line" with Minecraft on other platforms, Microsoft says it will issue full refunds for purchases made within the last 90 days.

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It's an interesting move considering Minecraft has a presence on every console and mobile platform out there at this point. However, without a significant base of players frequently engaging with the game, the reality is that it likely wasn't worth the resources Microsoft was putting in to maintain yet another version of the otherwise popular title.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Wait are you telling me apple tv is a failure, I am sure all the apple fanboys (tech "journalists") said it was the next big thing.
  • All it's saying is that there are not enough players playing to justify development. That doesn't mean Apple TV is a failure. I have one and do not use it for games. Most people aren't gamers you know.
  • Heh, a little bit of irony given the issues with dev support for Windows Mobile.
  • Lol yup.