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Minecraft Creator Addresses New EULA Criticism on Premium Servers
As it is with change, there are always those who are against it. Mojang’s recent stance on charging for Minecraft servers received some criticism from a portion of the community; something which caught the attention of the game’s creator Markus “Notch” Persson.
Addressing the subject in a new blog post, he stated that it is wrong to sum up Mojang’s goal to “make as much money as possible.” Persson said that there have been numerous opportunities where they could had cashed in the game. These offers were “of course very tempting, but at the end of the day we choose to do what either makes the most sense for our products, or the things that seem like fun for us at Mojang.”
The developer was also not amused to see that some were calling him out as being worse than EA.
The entire issue arose when Mojang recently outlined their new EULA which prohibits anyone from making money from Minecraft servers. Under the new rules, there are various restrictions to how you can earn off from your servers, and that includes not charging for items that affect gameplay or restrict certain aspects of the game to paying players. You can, however, run advertisements and accept donations, but may not charge for in-game currency.
“There are new rules,” he said. “These are new exceptions to the EULA. All of these make the rules more liberal than things were before.”
Notch made it clear that Mojang understands that people running servers are a huge part of “what makes Minecraft so special” and that they need to cover server cost. However, they also need to keep it in check so as not to disturb the gameplay experience.