Microsoft may soon ban Minecraft players from all online servers
Minecraft players looking to mitigate the consequences of breaking game rules while playing on private servers will likely not be happy with the 1.19.1 update.
Ars Technica Reports(Opens in a new window) This version 1.19.1 of the Java Edition of Minecraft will introduce the ability for Microsoft to ban Minecraft players from any online play, including private servers run by other users.
“Banned players are not permitted to play on servers, join Realms, host or join multiplayer games, or use the Marketplace,” Microsoft says.(Opens in a new window) in a supporting article. “They are also not allowed access to Minecraft Earth. Xbox players will no longer have access to their worlds.”
The company also says that banned players will receive the following in-game message:
There are some inconsistencies in Microsoft’s guidance for banned players, however, as the company notes in the support article that the bans are meant to apply to the non-Java edition of Minecraft. It looks like the policy is set to expand to both versions of the game with the 1.19.1 update.
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“In addition to report chat support,” the company says(Opens in a new window) in the release notes for this update, “Reported players can now be banned from online play and realms after moderator review.” (Kingdoms(Opens in a new window) are cloud-based Minecraft servers run by Microsoft rather than individual players.)
Microsoft announces that it plans to release version 1.19.1 of the Java Edition of Minecraft on June 28.
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