Minecraft accounts deleted by Microsoft for not migrating from Mojang, sparks rage among users

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Key notes

  • Microsoft deleted Minecraft accounts that weren’t migrated to their new system by 2023.
  • Players argue this revokes their licenses to a game they legally purchased.
  • The incident reignites debate on Digital Rights Management (DRM) in video games.

Minecraft, which is also getting a Netflix series, players are up in arms after Microsoft reportedly deleted a number of accounts that weren’t migrated to the company’s new system by the end of 2023. Users who log in with their old Mojang accounts are finding them permanently inaccessible, with no option for recovery or contacting support.

This reignited the debate regarding Digital Rights Management (DRM) in video games. Players who purchased Minecraft argue that deleting their accounts essentially revokes their licenses to a game they legally bought.

I don’t really care much for the account, it’s more the ethics. The fact they can just take away your license to the game like that is fucking insane. This is why I’ll never support DRMs, if a game has a DRM you do NOT own it. Only a license to temporarily play it.

user posted on Reddit out of frustration

The comments section was full of broader debate on DRM. While some argue that Microsoft provided ample warning and the migration process was straightforward, others believe players who paid for the game should retain access regardless of account migration.

While some users claimed they received no warning about the account deletion deadline, though this might not have been the case.

byu/DotFinal2094 from discussion

This incident has driven some users towards piracy. Microsoft has yet to comment on the situation.

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