Minecraft Realms Servers Migrate to Microsoft Azure

Mojang has moved its servers for hit game Minecraft to Azure.

Minecraft developer Mojang has been holding its game servers in Amazon Web Services since 2014. Recently, the company has decided that Azure might be the better way to host Minecraft Realms.

Minecraft Realms in AWS costs $8 per month and allows Minecraft players to create their own play space for use with friends. The service allows users to set up ‘realms’ without the trouble of hosting and managing a private server.

A Mojang spokesperson said that the team had been migrating cloud services to Azure and is on track to transition by 2020.

Minecraft and Azure looks to be the perfect partnership. Minecraft is one of the most popular games to date, while Microsoft’s Azure has always performed consistently. Both companies can make money instead of handing the profits over to their competitor when the migration gets completed.

While it doesn’t make sense to wait five years before server migration, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty says that they didn’t want to interfere with Mojang’s culture.