Mojang and Microsoft’s beloved building game has found itself at the center of the rumor mill recently, with word spreading of a supposed server closure. It’s left many asking the question: when is Minecraft getting shut down? In this guide, we’ll explore whether or not there’s any truth to Minecraft being taken offline on December 21, 2020. Here’s everything you need to know, which will hopefully set your mind at ease.
Will Minecraft shut down in 2020?
Minecraft has been going strong for over a decade at this point in time, though is it possible that the building and survival game is finally coming to an end? Well, put simply — no. Not anytime in 2020 or soon thereafter, anyway.
We’ve already debunked rumors that Roblox, Fortnite, and even TikTok will close down in 2020, and now Minecraft is joining the growing line of popular properties targeted by malicious misinformation this year. This particular rumor began to circulate when a prank news site by the name of Channel 45 News “reported” that Minecraft developer Mojang had tweeted an announcement stating “11 years was enough for the game’s period and it should say it’s farewells.” Unbeknownst to many, such a tweet does not exist.
If that isn’t enough evidence that Minecraft will continue to operate beyond December 21, a Mojang employee took to Twitter in order to categorically confirm that the “servers are NOT shutting down in 2020.”
Hey folks, I can confirm that Minecraft servers are NOT shutting down in 2020. It’s just a stupid hoax. Feel free to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/uHIqWOMsTR
— Helen Z #BlackLivesMatter #Pride2020 (@HelenAngel) January 2, 2020
With cross-play recently reaching PS4 and the Buzzy Bees update taking Minecraft from strength to strength, there’s no reason for Mojang or Microsoft to even consider shutting the game down just yet. Minecraft Dungeons is also scheduled to launch this year and could help the brand to reach new heights, introducing a unique ARPG experience that we called “perfect for co-op” in our preview.