Approximately one hojillion children (and just as many adults) are playing Minecraft at any given second, and it’s those Minecraft-playing families that Mojang is targeting with a new, paid Minecraft server-hosting service they will soon be offering.
Known as Minecraft Realms, the service is expected to cost between $10 – $15 a month and offer a simple, private server where players have full control over who has access, with only one person per world actually required to have a Realms account. Other players only need a copy of Minecraft and an internet connection as normal.
“In the end I think this will get Minecraft new players, since there is a viral aspect of Realms,” said Mojang CEO Carl Manneh to GamesIndustry International. “Kids will probably invite friends who don’t have Minecraft yet to play with them.”
“But since we have about 10 million paying PC gamers and, soon, as many mobile gamers, there’s definitely potential. And yes, if we look ahead, I do think [Realms will] be the biggest source of income in the future, and to bring in more money in total than the game itself.”
A beta launch of the service is tentatively planned for May.
Source: GamesIndustry International