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The Direction of Minecraft Servers

Minecraft has become an internet phenomenon and is seen as an amazing multiplayer experience by many. However, the owners of Minecraft multiplayer servers have accidentally created a pay to win environment run off of “donations,” read as micro-payments. Minecraft servers are going in the wrong direction because of the promotion of elitist players and the need for players to pay in order to play.

Donation isn’t Donation

Although many server shops market these payment packages as “donations,” they are more of a micro-transaction purchase than anything. This money usually does not go to “help make the server better” as most server owners state, but instead to pay the bills of the server and then go into the owner’s pocket. On many servers, the highest donator package is around $150, believe it or not. Considering a high spec server hosted with a popular company such as MCProHosting usually costs less than that per month, even one large donation can cover the server for the month. Server hosts have a limit to how much RAM they will sell for their servers because they don’t want to oversell, so there’s nothing more for the server to buy in order to better itself. Also, a server with a large amount of RAM usually won’t be affected if there is more RAM added since there wasn’t a problem in the first place; the only way the difference will be seen is if more players suddenly appear, and even then the server might still be able to hold up.

Pay To Win? More like Pay to Play

As I’ve stated in a previous article, servers have basically become pay to play.

The problem with recent free-to-play games is that they have become pay-to-win. If a player wants to win more matches or play as much as he wants, he’ll have to pay with real life currency. An example of this would be Hearthstone, a virtual card game made by Blizzard Entertainment. In Hearthstone, although packs of cards can be bought with in-game currency, it takes hours and hours of play and ultimately luck to get a card pack, which could end up not even having the card you wanted. However, players can pay with real life money to buy packs and craft them into the card they want. Even though this is the player’s choice, it seems as if paying for packs is necessary to get the cards that major league players use. Without paying for card packs using in-game microtransactions, players will be stuck with default cards, and need to endlessly grind until they get packs that contain the cards they want. This leaves them at a disadvantage to the players who have money and are able to buy new packs, showing that the game has become a pay-to-win model.

Players need to pay for basically anything, and without a full wallet, players won’t have a very fun time playing. Again, this depends on the server, but this is the direction most servers are going.

Confident Players

Donation packages usually cause players to become over-confident, like any title in life. I have experienced first hand that it’s much easier to look down on a player without a rank when I have a high donation rank, and this has been reflected in many other players I’ve played with. When players have donation titles, they feel empowered because of their rank, and feel like it’s okay to look down upon other players. Donations create a toxic community of players who look down on each other and removes the sense of community from the game, which is why Minecraft servers are going in the wrong direction.

Ways to Fix These Issues

  • Server owners must stop making donation ranks so overpowered. On most servers, even the slightest donations will give players an incredible advantage, such as the ability to fly, the ability to spawn as many items as they want, or the ability to teleport all over the map freely. If this isn’t stopped, eventually all players will need to pay to play on any server and the community will be shrunk by a large factor.
  • Server owners must decrease the prices of their highest donation ranks. If I want to get all of the best features that I now NEED in order to play fairly, it will probably cost me $100-$300 for the highest rank. If server owners are going to continue to have overpowered ranks, the least they could do would be lowering the prices. When the server itself doesn’t cost very much, anything over $100 or so is just greed.

In Conclusion

Minecraft is one of my favorite video games of all time, and it has been for a while. However, single player has become boring very quickly and multiplayer is basically the only interesting game type anymore. If servers create more and more issues, servers will soon no longer be a viable option, causing many players to lose all interest in the game. When you take Minecraft, a game primarily for younger gamers, and require them to spend money, odds are they will be bugging their parents for money, and the parents could get sick of their child needing to pay for everything. This is just one example of how donation ranks on servers could damage the Minecraft community, but there are many more. There is a large paywall forming because of Minecraft servers and their owners, and if it isn’t stopped soon I’m afraid the game will slowly fade away. If you’re a server owner and you’re reading this, please consider lowering the prices of ranks on your server, or at least lowering the perks. Vanilla minecraft is amazing already, adding too much to it is like adding too much salt to food. Many players don’t want to pay to play, and it would be a shame if every new server started adopting these trends seen in basically every larger server in existence.


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