Minecraft is one of the biggest games of the past decade, arguably the biggest game if we really wanted to put a fine point on it.
And let's be honest, the game has never been better, not least after introducing cross-play with PS4, Xbox and PC at the end of last year.
That's on top of the fact that only in October, at Minecraft's big Minecon event, Mojang and Microsoft revealed the next big Minecraft update coming to the game.
But the Minecraft Nether Update wasn't 2019's only big Minecraft news, because Minecraft Earth also launched, bringing a new form of augmented reality sandbox game to android and iOS devices.
So it seems especially odd to see rumours circulating this morning suggesting that the increasingly popular series was not just in trouble and but potentially shutting down in on December 21, 2020.
So do the millions of fans of the game around the globe have anything to worry about? Is Minecraft really shutting down? Here's everything you need to know to set you straight (don't worry, it's good news).
Is Minecraft shutting down in 2020?
Thankfully no, the developers Mojang have no intention to shut down the Minecraft servers in 2020
According to Polygon the rumours surrounding Minecraft shutting down appear to have originated from a prank site known as Channel45news.com.
"This prodigious rumor appears to come from prank site Channel45news.com, which published a “story” that was picked up by a major search engine and promoted alongside legitimate outlets in its news feed." Polygon explains.
The full post from the website reads:
"Mojang has announced on their Twitter that Minecraft will shut down their servers on December 21st, 2020. The founder, Markus Alexji Persson, known as “Notch,” says that he feels like 11 years was enough for the game’s period and it should say it’s farewells and leave the stores when the end of 2020 hits, according to his interview. Minecraft became a smash hit and took over Fortnite in half a month in popularity. It has been gaining more and more players the more days that passed on, and when the clock strikes midnight and when the day reaches the 21st of December of 2020, the game will say its goodbyes and thank them for the memories they gave and received for more than a decade."
However, we pray that most who bother to click on the site will not be fooled because there's a ruddy clown on the sidebar with a sign that reads "You got owned".
We doubt many will know, but the Channel45news domain is specifically designed to let users generate false headlines to be shared online.
Despite the clearly rubbish website enough people appear to have been duped into thinking the game was actually shutting in 2020 and shared the information in kind with others on social media.
But if you really want some clarity on the situation, Microsoft community manager Helen Zbihlyj has also tweeted to put any rumours to bed, telling readers:
“Minecraft is NOT stopping, Mojang is NOT closing.”
So there you have it. Minecraft isn't shutting down in 2020 .
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