Microsoft Is Migrating Minecraft From Amazon Web Services To Azure

Even though Minecraft is owned by Microsoft, one would safely assume that its developer Mojang would stick to using Microsoft’s tools. However, the studio has been using Amazon Web Services for its online infrastructure for years. Now, that is going to change according to a report by CNBC. Mojang is now planning to migrate from AWS to Microsoft Azure.

Mojang has been offering their players Minecraft Realms through AWS since 2014. The AWS allows the players to create private play areas for their game buddies for a monthly subscription of $8. By using this service, the players don’t have to deal with setting up and hosting private servers for their game.

However, the studio is now migrating this service from AWS to Microsoft Azure. They have been doing this for the last few years and will transition fully by the end of this year.

Why Didn’t Microsoft Do The Transition Before?

Minecraft is one of the most popular games on the planet with almost 126 million monthly active players. Shifting from AWS to Azure makes a lot of sense for Microsoft, considering the fact that Amazon is Microsoft’s competitor. Even though considering that only a fraction of the 126 million players pay for Minecraft Realms, leaving that revenue to Amazon still isn’t productive. You may be wondering then as to why Microsoft waited all these years for the migration.

The reason why Microsoft took its time in the migration is that it didn’t want to mess with Minecraft’s culture.

Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios said in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that it may be very easy for a big organization to come and say that we’re going to show you how the migration is done; how you can get off the Java code; how to move everything to C; we can get you off of Amazon Web Services to Azure. However, it is crucial to realize that the conditions surrounding the creation of Minecraft, which are difficult to recreate in a more corporate structure.

Mojang has also confirmed the transition. A spokesperson from Mojang Studios in an interview with CloudTech said that Mojang Studios had used AWS in the past, but it is now migrating all the cloud services to Azure. The migration has been going on for several years and will be completed by the end of 2020.

Wrapping Up

This was the latest information on Minecraft’s transition from AWS to Azure.

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