#SaveMinecraft Trending Online As Mojang Supervises “Private” Servers

Following the recent update announcing the player reporting feature in Minecraft, players have taken to online forums to express their sentiments.

Mojang has always been one of the few companies to follow the flow of the player. This is due to the remarkable things, connecting to the players and just showing that it cares. Mojang always knew how to make the players feel like they were integrated with the game.

The entire game is built upon the fact that you can change the world to your liking. However, it takes it to the next level. Mojang, quite literally, asks the players to vote for the next mob, which is an extremely innovative concept. However, not every decision that it makes is commendable.

In the recent Minecraft: Java Edition 1.19.1 update, the company added a feature that became infamous pretty quickly, the decision to moderate all private servers with the intent of banning those that it sees fit, and it did not set right with the audience.

What is so bad with this type of moderation, you might think? Mojang now has a set of eyes on your “private” servers, and it is not like it’s just going to ban you for no reason. Well, that’s not what players believe, and it’s obvious, as a #SaveMinecraft movement recently started trending on social media platforms like Twitter.

Private servers might have a considerable problem, as profanity and hate speech is abundant and allowed. Straight-up banning people for profanity is admirable, only in public servers. In private, this sentiment takes a whole new turn.

However, Mojang has taken note of the situation and given its reason for the recent update. “Ensuring the safety of Minecraft players is at the heart of why we are releasing Player Reporting in Java. Without human moderation, online communities can become unwelcoming, harmful, or in some cases, dangerous to the security of individual players,” the company states.

It continues around the parameters of getting banned, “No, we will not ban players just for swearing or profanity. The type of behavior that will get you banned is hate speech, bullying, harassing, sexual solicitation, or threatening others.”

Let’s just say that this new update is not something players appreciate. People have started to retaliate, but there has been no response from Mojang. It is concerning to think that this implementation was actually acknowledged and implemented without any intake from the players. Some players have even already found ways to bypass the update through “unverified” servers.

Furthermore, people have started to make comparisons between Minecraft and VRChat. By all means, it is not a good comparison, and it is mostly them comparing how the ban feature is similar to that of the recent addition of Easy Anti-Chat in VRChat and how fast the community decided to retaliate.

Mojang is a smart company, and we’re certain that this decision might get reviewed, if not removed altogether, but just the thought of invading private servers (that are no longer private) and banning people over their private conversations is sickening to the entire community.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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