Minecraft is often described as a ‘sandbox game’. This means that it’s a virtual land where users can create their own worlds and experiences, using building blocks, resources discovered on the site and their own creativity.
The game is available on multiple platforms. You can play on a computer, smartphone, tablet, X Box or Playstation. It is growing in popularity day by day, especially among primary-aged children.
Why is it so popular?
Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world. As an indie game built by a very small team, Minecraft’s success isn’t down to massive resources or a carefully planned advertising strategy. So what explains its popularity with children?
Minecraft has been described as a game with no rules. It doesn’t come with a set of instructions, or a stated objective – players can build and explore however they want. It’s often compared to virtual Lego.
This means that Minecraft fans have a lot of flexibility in terms of how they play. Users can recreate an existing fantasy world or build a new one from scratch, they can fight villains and seek adventure, and they can play alone or with friends. It can also be played at any level. In a lot of popular games, you need a certain amount of skill to move on to the next challenge. This can be frustrating for young kids who don’t always have the abilities or unrestricted time required to make real progress in a game. In Minecraft, children can create their own adventures at any level of play.
What are the age restrictions?
Minecraft guidelines say that you need to be 13 to play. This minimum age is down to American privacy legislation, which states that websites collecting information from children must get permission from their parents. Many popular websites set over-13 age limits so that they don’t have to comply with this legislation.
If you have a child under the age of 13, you may have decided to allow them to play Minecraft. If this is the case, it is a term and condition of the site which is being broken, not UK law.
Is Minecraft helping my child learn anything?
Minecraft’s focus on creatively building and exploring could help children build their problem solving, planning and organisation skills. And kids who play with their friends might find it improves their ability to work as a team. Some parents of children with autism have credited the game with improving their children’s social skills and communication abilities – there is even a Minecraft server specifically for young people with autism and ADHD.
Minecraft is catching on in schools as well. Students at Stackpole VC School, for instance, used Minecraft to build an accurate scale model of their school. It’s also been used to teach kids about programming, ICT and maths. And minecraftedu.com exists to provide teachers with a version of the game for use in lessons.
How can I find out more?
If your child is already playing Minecraft, they are your best teacher. They love teaching their parent something new. Take an interest, sit and play with them. If you have concerns about risks on Minecraft, see our article, Staying safe on Minecraft.
|Initial release||April 13, 2013|
|Platform||Minecraft: Java Edition|
|Available in||16 languages|
List of languages
The Hypixel Network (commonly referred to as the Hypixel Server, or simply Hypixel) is a Minecraft minigame server released on April 13, 2013, by Simon “Hypixel” Collins-Laflamme and Philippe Touchette, and is managed by Hypixel Inc. Hypixel is only available on the Java Edition of Minecraft, but was formerly available on the Bedrock Edition of the game as well. Hypixel has held four Guinness World Records.
The Hypixel server was released in beta on April 13, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme, whose username is Hypixel, and Philippe Touchette. The two originally created Minecraft adventure maps together and uploaded trailers to their YouTube channel. The Hypixel server was created to play and further showcase these maps. Minigames were originally created for users to play on while waiting for other players, but the minigames themselves gained popularity on their own and became the server’s main identity, and efforts from Hypixel were put towards new server content instead of the making of other Minecraft maps and games. In 2015, it was revealed that the server cost around $100,000 a month to maintain, back when the server had around 16,000 players online. Today, the server regularly reaches over 100,000 concurrent players.
On December 21, 2016, Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total, and had reached 14.1 million unique players by the time Hytale was announced on December 13, 2018. The server reached 18 million unique players in April 2020, according to a tweet by the server owner. As of September 15, 2015, Hypixel attracts 1.9 million players every month.
In May 2017, Hypixel partnered with NetEase, the publisher of Minecraft China, to release a version of Hypixel in China. This separate version of Minecraft and the Hypixel Minecraft server would be operated and translated by NetEase, as part of their partnership.
On April 13, 2020, NetEase announced that the Chinese version of the server would be shutting down on June 30, 2020, due to the expiration of the agreement.
On December 13, 2018, a stand-alone game named Hytale was announced to the public to be in development by Hypixel Studios, a separate company founded by the creators of Hypixel, with support from Riot Games and other developers including Dennis Fong, Rob Pardo and Peter Levine. Development for Hytale started around 2015 and was teased at occasionally. The trailer for Hytale was released on December 13, 2018, and amassed over 30 million views within a month. On April 16, 2020, Riot Games announced their full acquisition of Hypixel Studios.
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Hypixel has various minigames, multiplayer games created by modifying and repurposing the game mechanics of Minecraft. The server tries to find players that are hacking in its games using a mechanism named “Watchdog”. Players can purchase, among other things, cosmetics and ranks that allow for certain abilities and qualities.
|Guinness World Records[a]||Most Popular Independent Server For a Video Game||64,533 concurrent players||July 7, 2017||Won|||
|Most Popular Minecraft Server Network|||
|Most Games on a Minecraft Server[b]||43 games||August 11, 2017|||
|Most Unique Players Logged Into a Minecraft Server||11,982,298 players||August 24, 2017|||
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