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Minecraft Servers

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Hey,

from what I have read MineCraft is made by 1 person? I see on the site there are over 1000 servers. How does 1 person have this many servers? Are people hosting them for free? Just would like to know because I was thinking of renting a server for my own game,

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Haven't played Minecraft but I presume the developer is making money for the servers from the sales of the game.

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How can he afford that? Does it not cast around €500 per year to rent a server machine per year? Would cost around €500,000 per year in total. Maybe there are cheaper ways?

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Checked the website, I think those servers don't mean actual hardware servers, just sort of chunks the game is split up in to. Think of some MMORPG if you have played any, those do the same. An actual hardware server might actually host like 10 or 50 or 100 (no idea about the numbers, just guessing) in-game servers.

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Minecraft is not an MMO.
Its more like online multiplayer building game.

The author of minecraft just provide the server software (for free), anyone can download the server software and run it on their own physical server.

This means the author does not have to provide the (physical) servers himself, he makes money from people buying the client needed for connecting to all those servers.

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It was started by one guy. These days, because they're making money, it's being developed by a company with half a dozen employees (not all programmers, I'm sure). Also, being distributed on Steam means you save a bunch of time in not having to do all the things Steam does for you.

The servers are servers run by players -- similar to how you'd host a game of Quake, or Counter-Strike, or something.

And, really -- if one person is economically successful, running 1,000 servers isn't that hard. Suppose, in bulk, each server costs $50/month, then you have to pull in $50,000 per month to cover 1,000 servers, which is totally possible even for a small, successful business. But, as has been said, in this case, those servers are not run by the Minecraft producers, so they don't have that problem.

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