Minecraft requires a Microsoft account from March 2022
Minecraft users who play the Java version of the popular game will need to use a Microsoft account from March 2022 to play the game.
Microsoft, owner of Minecraft since 2014, announced the migration in October 2020. The company’s original plan was to make Microsoft accounts mandatory in 2021, but the change has been delayed. The Java version is one of the two main versions of Minecraft.
So far, players who play the Java version can use a Mojang account to do so or a Microsoft account. Mojang, the original developer of Minecraft, continued to work on the game after the acquisition.
Starting March 10, 2022, Minecraft will no longer be able to be played without the use of a Microsoft account. Microsoft complaints that millions of Minecraft Java players have already migrated their accounts to a Microsoft account. Gamers also benefit from the move, as Microsoft says its own account system offers advantages such as support for two-factor authentication over Mojang’s account system.
Parents can also have more control over their children’s gaming activities, as long as they manage their children’s Microsoft accounts.
All data is migrated and all content and functionality remains the same, according to Microsoft. Players receive a free special cave once they move the account. The whole migration should only take “a few minutes” according to Microsoft; it largely depends on whether a Microsoft account is already in use or needs to be created from scratch.
Minecraft players who use multiple legacy or Mojang accounts will need to create individual Microsoft accounts for each of their classic accounts. Options for logging into one of these accounts are provided.
You can consult the Official FAQs for more details on the migration.
This decision primarily benefits Microsoft, as it can remove support for Mojang accounts and no longer need to maintain them once the migration is complete. Players who do not wish to migrate to a Microsoft Account, for whatever reason, will no longer be able to play official versions of Minecraft as the use of a Microsoft Account is mandatory by March 10, 2022.
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