Will Azure-hosted Minecraft Realms subscriptions cost less?

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Minecraft Realms

Microsoft revealed to CNBC that it’s moving Minecraft Realms from AWS to Azure servers. The switch should be complete by January 2021, according to the tech company.

This move makes sense considering the long-standing rivalry between the two cloud services giants. It should also have financial ramifications for Microsoft and Minecraft fans.

Azure to start hosting Minecraft Realms

A Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC that the company will have moved Realms to its own cloud service, Azure, by the end of this year.

Mojang Studios has used AWS in the past, but we’ve been migrating all cloud services to Azure over the last few years. We’ll be fully transitioned to Azure by the end of the year.

Minecraft Realms is an innovative feature in gaming that Microsoft has continued to offer its fans even after acquiring Mojang Studios, the game’s creator. Millions around the world love the game and a section of them are die-hard Realms subscribers.

It’s simply a way for gamers to create private virtual places and interact with each other via popular platforms like Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. After setting up your own private server, you can invite up to 10 players to join in the fun.

The exclusive feature though comes at an extra cost—you have to pay $8 per month to use Minecraft Realms.

Once the migration to Azure is complete, Microsoft will no longer have to pay Amazon a dime for it.  While that could be good news to users of the virtual gaming servers, Microsoft hasn’t uttered a word about reducing prices.

But it makes sense for the company to consider passing on any savings to consumers. Besides, a subscription price cut would be beneficial to Microsoft too as it would encourage more gamers to subscribe.

Do you expect Minecraft Realms subscription costs to come down after the service moves to Azure? Kindly reach for the comments section below and let us know what you think.

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