Minecraft Realms completes migration to Microsoft Azure cloud platform from AWS

How to set up and manage a Realm in Minecraft for Windows 10
How to set up and manage a Realm in Minecraft for Windows 10 (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is a massive game, and its Minecraft Realms service hosts thousands of private servers.
  • Mojang Studios announced earlier this year that they were working to migrate Minecraft Realms to Microsoft Azure from AWS, a huge move.
  • The Microsoft Azure team confirmed today that it has completed the transition, and the move should be greatly beneficial in the longterm.
  • Moving to Microsoft is a big deal not only for the future of Azure, but also for the development of Minecraft in the future.

Back in July of this year, we reported that Mojang Studios was seeking to migrate from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure, a massive undertaking that would bring Minecraft's private servers, known as Realms, firmly in-house with Microsoft. While this caught many players by surprise, since Microsoft bought Mojang Studios all the way back in 2014, this kind of migration is daunting in its scale, so it is in part understandable why it took the Swedish game studio so long to make the transition.

Today, the Microsoft Azure team confirmed with us that Minecraft has officially completed the migration to Microsoft Azure, with minimal disruption of play time for Minecraft gamers, which should make the game's future development considerably easier and simpler for the development team. With this move, Mojang Studios believes it'll be able to focus resources in other areas that would otherwise be tied up handling AWS and the management of Minecraft Realms.

If these kinds of things interest you, the Microsoft Azure team has published the first of a series of posts on the Microsoft Game Stack blog, which details the benefit of Azure's game-dev tools, and how, while this move was a big one, means great things for Minecraft's future. This is also a big win for Microsoft, as it means considerably more data and usage for Microsoft Azure, and reduced maintenance and development costs.

And with nearly 132 million monthly active users playign Minecraft, there should be a lot of people tuning into Minecraft Live, where we should learn more about Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons, and even vote on what the next mob in Minecraft should be.

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Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

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.