Minecraft Realms

Terms and Conditions


MINECRAFT REALMS TERMS

These Terms set out some rules for using the Minecraft Realms service (“Minecraft Realms”). We don’t like rules any more than you do, so we have tried to keep this as short as possible. If you break these rules we may stop you from using Minecraft Realms. If you use Minecraft Realms, you are agreeing to stick to the rules of these Terms. If you don’t want to or can’t agree to these rules, then please don’t use Minecraft Realms.

These Terms incorporate our Privacy Policy and the Mojang Account Terms) and the Minecraft EULA). Therefore, the things covered in the Privacy Policy and the Minecraft Account Terms should be treated as if they are set out in these Terms. When we refer to these Terms, we are referring to the terms and conditions you see in front of you, together with the Privacy Policy and the Minecraft Account Terms that are available by following the relevant links.

WHAT IS MINECRAFT REALMS

Minecraft Realms is a service designed to easily let people play Minecraft with other people on a dedicated server subject to these Terms.

A “Minecraft Realm” is therefore a single Minecraft world, server or instance that is hosted by (or for) us.

You may either use Minecraft Realms by having your own Minecraft Realm (“Your Minecraft Realm”) or by being given permission to use someone else's Minecraft Realm (“Other Minecraft Realms”). Reference to using Minecraft Realms therefore includes the use of both Your Minecraft Realm and Other Minecraft Realms.

USING MINECRAFT REALMS

To use Minecraft Realms You, amongst other things, need to:

  • have a legitimate copy of the premium version of Minecraft and a premium Minecraft account (i.e “Minecraft Premium”);
  • agree to these Terms;
  • have suitable computer and internet connection;
  • be 13 years of age or over.

GETTING YOUR MINECRAFT REALM

You need a Mojang Account with Minecraft Premium activated to be able to get Your Minecraft Realm. You will also need to buy or subscribe to and pay for it. Minecraft Realms is a subscription service and the cost is as detailed on the applicable purchase pages and / or platform at the time of purchase, or the purchase price of the redeemable card or gift code. The terms and conditions of the applicable purchase pages, platform, redeemable card and / or gift code shall also apply in respect of the purchase of Minecraft Realms. Minecraft Realms is a service that commences as soon as Your Minecraft Realm is available for use, following which you shall not be entitled to cancel your order for it.

USING YOUR MINECRAFT REALM

When you get Your Minecraft Realm you will get access to a dedicated Minecraft Realm , on which you can;

  • play Minecraft by yourself;
  • invite up to 20 other people to play Minecraft with you – but only 10 people can play on Your Minecraft Realm at any time.

However you cannot do the following:

  • sell, lease or rent access to Your Minecraft Realm or take any payment or payment in kind for letting other people play on Your Minecraft Realm.

USING OTHER MINECRAFT REALMS

You need Minecraft Premium to be able to use Other Minecraft Realms (but you don’t need a Mojang account). When you are given access to Other Minecraft Realms you will get access to someone else’s dedicated Minecraft Realm, on which you can;

  • play Minecraft with that person; and
  • play Minecraft with anyone else that that person has given access to.

However you cannot do the following:

  • sell, lease, rent, transfer, give away, or otherwise deal in access to the Other Realm or let any other person use your access in any way.

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ACCESS TO YOUR MINECRAFT REALM TO ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW. PLEASE WATCH OUT IF YOU ARE COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE THROUGH MINECRAFT REALMS. IT’S HARD FOR EITHER YOU OR US TO KNOW FOR SURE THAT WHAT PEOPLE SAY IS TRUE, OR EVEN IF PEOPLE ARE REALLY WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS THINK TWICE ABOUT GIVING OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION.

ACCOUNTS

As noted above you may need a Mojang Account with Minecraft Premium activated. If you don’t have these then you may be asked to provide certain information to set up and activate either or both. The details you give us as part of the registration must be correct. You can change your registration details if they become out of date. If you deliberately tell us something that you know isn’t true, and we end up in trouble or we lose money, we may hold you responsible. That means that you may have to compensate us for the damage you cause and what we have lost.

The username and password that you create are private so you must keep them to yourself. If you let someone find out your username and password and they do something bad as a result, we will hold you responsible. You should change your password if you think someone else knows what it is. If someone uses your password to do something that you don't like or that causes you harm, we can’t be and aren’t responsible.

OWNERSHIP OF MINECRAFT REALMS AND OTHER THINGS

Minecraft Realms is made up of our software, textures, assets, tools, infrastructure and a whole load of other clever (and not so clever) stuff that we own. All our rights in that stuff are asserted and reserved but you can use it within and in connection with your use of Minecraft Realms on the same basis as set out in the Minecraft EULA and you are granted a non-exclusive right to do so subject to these Terms.

That doesn’t mean we own the cool stuff that you create using Minecraft Realms - you just have to accept that we own each of Minecraft and Minecraft Realms as a product and service and those things mentioned in the previous sentence – and we also own the copyright and other so called intellectual property rights (“IPRs”) associated with those things and the names and brands associated with Minecraft and Minecraft Realms.

You of course are going to make your own stuff in and using Minecraft Realms. We don’t own the original stuff that you create and we don’t claim any ownership of anything that we shouldn’t. We will however own things that are copies (or substantial copies) or derivatives of our property and creations (outlined above) - but if you create original things they aren’t ours. So, as an example:

  • a single block – we own that;
  • a Gothic Cathedral with a rollercoaster running through it – we don't own that.

Therefore, when you pay for the use of Minecraft Realms, you are only buying a permission to use the Minecraft Realms product and service in accordance with these Terms. The only permissions you have in connection with Minecraft Realms are the permissions set out in these Terms – and the specific statutory exceptions or rights (including so called fair use or fair dealing rights) that you are otherwise entitled to by law but they will generally apply to Content and not Minecraft Realms itself.

You can also back-up the data from Your Minecraft Realm and having done so you can download it to your computer and use it with your own (legitimate) version of Minecraft (and subject to the Minecraft EULA).

YOUR CONTENT

If you create things using Minecraft Realms or make any content or material available on or through it (“Your Content”), you also give us and other people who have access to it permission to use it. That also means we can use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute and make available Your Content to others (without payment or restriction). That includes anything you build, craft or create and any communications you make such as through any chat functionality we have or make available. You also let us permit other people to use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute and make available Your Content and you accept that you may not get a credit or attribution for this.

This is necessary for a number of reasons, including that we need to make sure that when other people (who you may invite) access Your Minecraft Realm they have the right to do so and when you access Other Minecraft Realms you have the right to do so. We also need to make sure that we aren’t liable for what other people do with Your Content when you let them use it – because we can’t control that – and we also need to reflect the fact that Your Content will generally include our software, textures, assets, tools etc that we own (see above).

These permissions last forever and cannot be revoked. If you don’t want to give these permissions, do not make content available using Minecraft Realms.

Please therefore think carefully before you make any content available, because it will be made public (including to anyone else who has access to the Minecraft Realms that you access) and it might even be used by other people in a way you don’t like.

If you are going to make Your Content available using Minecraft Realms, such as on or through Your Minecraft Realm or Other Minecraft Realms, it must:

  • not be offensive to people;
  • not be illegal or unlawful;
  • be honest and not mislead, trick or exploit anyone else nor impersonate others;
  • not infringe anyone’s copyright or other rights;
  • not be racist, sexist or homophobic;
  • not be bullying or trolling;
  • not damage our or another person’s reputation;
  • not include pornography;
  • not include advertising.

You must not make any content available using Minecraft Realms that infringes the rights of anyone else.

You are responsible for all content that is made available by you using Minecraft Realms.

You are also responsible for all content that is made available by you or others using Your Minecraft Realm.

By making Your Content available you warrant and are telling us that you are fully entitled to do so under these Terms and that we are entitled to exercise the rights you have granted to us under these Terms.

If we get challenged, threatened or sued by someone because of any content that you make available using Minecraft Realms or is made available by anyone on or through Your Minecraft Realm we may remove it and / or hold you responsible (which means you may have to pay us back for any damage we suffer as a result).

OTHER CONTENT

When using Minecraft Realms, you may also be able to access and use content created by other people (“Other Content”). Some of this Other Content may be made available by people you invite into Your Minecraft Realm and some may be made available as part of someone else's Minecraft Realm. Some of it may also be accessed from our Map Store which is a place we have set up for you to share Your Content and get access to Other Content.

Like with Your Content Other Content will also generally include our software, textures, assets, tools etc that we own (see above).

If someone makes available or gives you access to Other Content then you may use it within and in connection with your use of Minecraft Realms, subject to these Terms. In any case Other Content is subject to these Terms.

USER CONTENT

The following sets out some terms concerning both Your Content and Other Content – which together are referred to simply as “User Content”.

Minecraft Realms is an entertainment service and ancillary to this we are involved in the transmission, distribution, storage and retrieval of User Content without review, selection or alteration of the content - for which it is a mere conduit – and / or hosting of User Content without knowledge the content. What that means is that we don’t monitor or review User Content and so we won't know what is being circulated by you or other people. We may check it for technical compliance, compatibility and / or viruses etc but we do not review the content itself or information contained in it. We have these rules in the Terms that you and other people have to comply with but we can’t know everything that goes on.

So please note that:

  • · the views expressed in any User Content are the views of the individual authors or creators and not us or anyone connected with us unless we specify otherwise;
  • · we are not responsible for (and make no warranty or representation in relation to and disclaim all liability for) all User Content including any comments, views or remarks expressed in it;
  • · by using Minecraft Realms you acknowledge that we have no responsibility to monitor or review the content of any User Content and that all User Content is made available on the basis that we are not required to and do not exercise any control or judgement over it;

HOWEVER we may remove, reject or suspend access to any User Content and remove or suspend your ability to post, make available or access User Content – including removing or suspending access to Your Minecraft Realm or Other Minecraft Realms if we consider it is appropriate to do so, such as because you have breached these Terms or we receive a complaint. We will also act expeditiously to remove or disable access to User Content if and when we have actual knowledge of it being unlawful.

MAP STORE

There is a part of the Minecraft Realms service where you and others can share User Content outside of Your Minecraft Realm or Other Minecraft Realms – this place is called the “Map Store”.

At the moment everything in the Map Store is available as part of your use of Minecraft Realms without any additional charge. That might change one day but we’ll let you know if that happens.

We may also create some of our own content available for use through the Map Store and, if that happens it will be clearly identified as from us.

All User Content made available through Minecraft Realms (including through the Map Store) is for use within or in connection with Minecraft or Minecraft Realms only.

Access to or availability of User Content via the Map Store does not mean that we have selected, reviewed or exercised any control over it and does not affect these Terms or our responsibility or liability for it.

To access the Map Store and the Other Content available through it just go here [ ].

UPGRADES

We might make upgrades and updates available from time to time, but we don’t have to.

We are also not obliged to provide ongoing support or maintenance for Minecraft Realms.

Of course, we hope to continue to release new updates for Minecraft Realms, we just can’t guarantee that we will do so.

PAYMENT, REFUNDS ETC

The Minecraft Account Terms cover payment and refunds however Minecraft Realms is a service that commences as soon as Your Minecraft Realm is made available to you and / or you have access to it. Therefore you cannot cancel any order or purchase of it after that. That doesn’t affect any consumer rights you have and if you can’t use Minecraft Realms because of a fault or error then please let us know and we’ll try and fix it for you – and if we can’t fix it, you might be entitled to a refund.

LIABILITY

WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR:

  • ANY USE OR MISUSE OF YOUR MINECRAFT REALM OR OTHER MINECRAFT REALMS;
  • ANY USE OR MISUSE OF MINECRAFT REALMS BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON;
  • ANY CONTENT THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE BY YOU USING MINECRAFT REALMS;
  • ANY BREACH OF THESE TERMS BY YOU;
  • ANY BREACH OF ANY TERMS BY ANY OTHER PERSON.

YOU ARE LIABLE FOR:

  • ANY AND ALL USE OF MINECRAFT REALMS BY YOU;
  • ANY AND ALL USE OF YOUR MINECRAFT REALM AND ANY AND ALL USE OF OTHER MINECRAFT REALMS BY YOU;
  • ANY BREACH OF THESE TERMS BY YOU;
  • ALL CONTENT THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE BY YOU USING MINECRAFT REALMS;
  • ALL CONTENT THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE BY YOU OR OTHERS USING YOUR MINECRAFT REALM.

Minecraft Realms is we provided ‘as is’. Updates and upgrades are also provided ‘as is’. This means that we are not making any promises to you about the standard or quality of Minecraft Realms or that Minecraft Realms will be uninterrupted or error free or for any loss or damage that it causes. You have to accept that we are launching Minecraft Realms well before it is complete and so it may (and often will) have bugs – but that’s a price you pay for getting it so early.

MINECRAFT REALMS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND IS NOT FINISHED. SO BY USING MINECRAFT REALMS NOW YOU HAVE TO AGREE AND ACCEPT THAT IT IS INCOMPLETE AND MAY (AND PROBABLY WILL) CONTAIN DEFECTS AND ERRORS, CRASH AND / OR CAUSE DATA LOSS. WE ARE SORRY IF THAT HAPPENS SO PLEASE BACK-UP AND SAFEGUARD ALL DATA AND PROGRAMMES ON YOUR COMPUTER AND DON’T RELY ON THE CORRECT FUNCTIONING OR PERFORMANCE OF MINECRAFT REALMS. IN SIMPLE TERMS YOU USE MINECRAFT REALMS AT YOUR OWN RISK, KNOWING THAT IT IS PROVIDED AS IS.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BACK UP DATA FROM YOUR MINECRAFT REALM REGULARLY. WE DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY DO SO, SO IF A MINECRAFT REALM OR ANY USER CONTENT CRASHES YOU MAY LOSE IT. IF THAT HAPPENS WE ARE SORRY BUT ALL YOU GET IS THAT APPOLOGY.

REPORTING

Sometimes people do things that they shouldn't. We don't like it but there is not a lot we can do to stop it except ask that everyone behaves properly. We rely on you and others like you in the community to let us know if someone isn’t behaving properly and so that is the case and / or you think someone is breaching or these terms or using Minecraft Realms improperly please do tell us. We have a flagging / reporting system for doing that so please use it and we will do what is necessary to deal with it.

TERMINATION

If we want we can terminate the agreement with us relating to Minecraft Realms if you breach these Terms or any part of them. You can terminate it too, at any time - just stop using Your Minecraft Realm and stop giving others access to it. Following termination, you will no longer be able to use Minecraft Realms. The sections about “Ownership of Minecraft Realms”, “Our Liability” and “General” will however continue to apply even after termination.

GENERAL

These Terms are subject to any legal rights you might have. Nothing in these Terms will limit any of your rights that may not be excluded under law nor shall it exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence nor any fraudulent representation. (To be clear, the law in most countries says that we can’t disclaim liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence and the previous wording means we’re not - but if your computer hurts you because of something we’ve done, then we’ll try and deal with it).

We may also change these Terms from time to time and those changes will apply to your use of Minecraft Realms when you next use it. So you should check back here from time to time so you are aware of any changes. We’re not going to be unfair about this though – but sometimes the law changes or someone does something that affects other users of Minecraft Realms and we therefore need to put a lid on it.

If you come to us with a suggestion for Minecraft Realms that suggestion is made for free. This means we can use your suggestion in any way we want and we don’t have to pay you for it. If you think you have a suggestion that we would be willing to pay you for, you must tell us you expect to be paid before you tell us the suggestion.

If there’s anything legal you’re wondering about that isn’t answered from this page, don’t do it and ask us about it. Basically, don’t be ridiculous and we won’t.

Company Information

Mojang AB
Maria Skolgata 83,

SE-11853

Stockholm
Sweden
Organization number: 556819-2388