Minecraft to shift to Microsoft Azure Cloud from AWS

Video game Minecraft which has over 126 million monthly users globally will stop using Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and will shift its workloads to Azure Cloud from its parent company Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows Azure public cloud“Mojang Studios has used AWS in the past, but we’ve been migrating all cloud services to Azure over the last few years,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

The shift represents an obvious way for Microsoft to cut back on payments to one of its toughest competitors and promote its own product, CNBC reported.

Most of its consumer and commercial properties, including the video conferencing app Teams, run on Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Microsoft would also migrate LinkedIn from its own dedicated data centers to Azure.

Minecraft has topped 200 million sales, with 126 million people playing the game monthly. The game has seen a huge increase in use since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Over the last month, the game has seen an increase of 25 percent in new players, with a 40 per cent rise in multiplayer sessions specifically.

When Microsoft acquired Mojang (the game developer behind Minecraft) for $2.5 billion in 2014, the game had sold more than 50 million copies across PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and other platforms.

The sandbox game hit the 100 million mark in 2016, meaning the growth of the game has actually increased in the last four years in comparison to the first five years after it launched in November 2011.