Mojang Says it Might Send Lawyers After Pay-For-Perk Servers


Big changes seem to be coming to economy that’s built up around Minecraft. In the past Mojang has turned a blind eye to the servers that take donations for “perks” that give players special advantages on a server. But it looks like that gravy train is heading for a derailment.

According to PC Gamer, Developer Erik “Grum” Broes recently called out a server for offering perks and said “You cannot make money with Minecraft without our permission.” 

Broes said server donations will still be allowed, but perks for them will not.

“But we’ll most likely hack down on the fact that most people give ‘perks’ for donations—which under almost all laws makes it a purchase,” he explained. “You cannot ‘give’ people ranks based on an outside payment. It’s really simple, money you spend outside of the game cannot reflect inside the game at all.”

Broes said a new EULA is likely on the way to make this clear. He said Mojang won’t immediately respond harshly to servers that are offering perks, but those that don’t comply are in for a fight.

“We’ll ask nicely and then send really mean lawyers. :),” Broes said.

And before you think Broes is one developer going rogue, nope. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has backed his stance on Twitter.

“I have no idea what’s happening with eula, I’ve been home with a bad cold. But basically, you can’t charge for our game. Duh,” Notch tweeted. “You can charge for hosting servers, but not for gameplay features.”

[Source: PC Gamer]

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