Mojang Studios begins its mandatory Microsoft Account requirement for Minecraft: Java Edition

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Update, March 10, 2022, at 2:20 p.m. CT: Mojang Studios has begun rolling out mandatory migration to Microsoft Accounts

What you need to know

  • In the past, Minecraft: Java Edition players have used specialized Mojang Accounts to access their game.
  • Mojang Studios announced in 2020 its intention to migrate all these accounts to Microsoft Accounts for security, integration, and more.
  • On Friday, the company announced the deadline for migrating your account voluntarily is Mar. 10, 2022.
  • After Mar. 10, a Microsoft Account will be required to access and play Minecraft: Java Edition on PC.

Near the end of 2020, Mojang Studios, the creators of Minecraft, announced its latest efforts to integrate into its parent company, Microsoft. This meant the retiring of Mojang Accounts—used by players to access and play Minecraft: Java Edition and the Minecraft Launcher on PC—and migrating users to more secure and seamless Microsoft Accounts. On Friday, the company revealed the deadline for this migration.

After Mar. 10, 2022, a Microsoft Account will be required to play Minecraft: Java Edition. Players now have a limited amount of time to voluntarily migrate their older Mojang Accounts before they are required to sign in with a Microsoft Account in order to play Minecraft. This is the completion of an extended process announced back in Oct. 2020.

Fortunately, the process for migrating your account is painless, and comes with various benefits for doing so. Here's what you need to know:

  • There's no fee or cost to migrating, and it only takes a few minutes to complete. An option to begin the migration process will appear in the Minecraft Launcher or Minecraft website whenever you log in
  • Minecraft: Java Edition is still completely supported and unchanged, and all of your save data, worlds, profile information, and even mods remain fully intact and migrate seamlessly
  • You'll gain added security through a Microsoft Account, including the option for full two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • You'll also gain added online privacy and safety through a Microsoft Account, with plenty of additional options and settings to customize
  • A Microsoft Account can be used to access a variety of services with one log-in, including Minecraft: Java Edition, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, and Minecraft Dungeons through the Microsoft Launcher

Once you've completed the migration process, you'll be gifted a free cape as a reward for your in-game character. You can redeem this cape at any point, even if you don't migrate until after the deadline has passed (at which point it will no longer be optional). If you don't have a Microsoft Account, it's recommended that you create one for free before Mar. 10 rolls around to make the process even easier.

In case you missed it, Minecraft: Java Edition is now available through PC Game Pass, meaning one of the best PC games is more accessible, alongside Mojang's other Minecraft games and a newly unified Minecraft Launcher. With the migration of aging Mojang Accounts to Microsoft Accounts nearing completion, Mojang Studios is integrated a little more into Microsoft and the Xbox Game Studios family.

Update, March 10, 2022, at 2:20 p.m. CT — Mandatory account migration has begun for some Minecraft: Java Edition players

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Today is the last day for players to voluntarily migrate their aging Mojang Accounts to more secure Microsoft Accounts, before the latter is made a requirement to play Minecraft: Java Edition, alongside all other Mojang Studios products. Ahead of the deadline, Mojang has officially begun rolling out mandatory account migration to some users. By tomorrow, all players will be required to migrate their account to an active Microsoft Account in order to play.

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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

  • This headline makes it sound like if you want to keep your Microsoft account, you are required to play Minecraft Java edition! Should say "Players of Minecraft Java edition will be required to use Microsoft Acounts..."
  • Or simply, "Microsoft accounts will be a requirement to play...". I almost made a joke about it but there was no one else commenting so I wasn't sure it was worth the time. But indeed, the headline is pretty bad. It is a funny image to think of Microsoft employees cracking the whip on all the account holders if they miss their Minecraft session for the day, though.
  • I swear this is one of the dumbest thing Microsoft has ever done. I never wanted a Microsoft account because it doesn’t integrate with anything and now I’m being forced to get one if I want to continue to play Minecraft? Wth Microsoft!
  • Yeah, THEY do try to mask this toxic, hostile take over as a "security improvement", but the fact is, you will be giving out YOUR game to Microc*ck. Who then will tie it to an Xbox Live account (they will make you one), making it easier to SPY and SEND ADS to your direction ... and obviously much easier to ban and revoke your access to the Minecraft copy you once used to own, if they even get a sniff of something they don't like.
    I will first ask for a full refund. If they don't give me one, I will find a way to crack my copy to play it without account. Can't blame me for piracy, I bought the damn game and never made deals with MS.
  • You seem like you'd be fun at parties.
  • I have an old version of Minecraft linked to an old email account that I no longer have access to.
    I worked with MS tech support to no avail. Finally gave up. I can still log in and play, but I fear this will end on March 10.
    I may be able to play offline still, idk.
    But I won't receive any updates without re-buying the game.
    Is it possible, Microsoft is taking advantage here? disappointed in the policy change.