Is Minecraft shutting down and where did the rumours come from?

Microsoft’s community manager spoke out about the rumours surrounding Minecraft shutting down. (Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

2020 so far has seen a raft of rumours circulating about some of the internet’s most popular games facing closure and the news that Minecraft is shutting down is the latest to cause a stir.

Both Fortnite and Roblox have been plagued by rumours they are being shut down, with the creators having to make public statements to reassure fans that what they have been reading about their closure is, in fact, fake news.

A couple of weeks ago, Minecraft faced the same issue, with a report circulating that the game would be shutting down in December 2020.

Is Minecraft shutting down?

Just like Fornite and Roblox, Minecraft is not shutting down. In fact, developer Mojang has actually been teasing Minecraft’s new 1.16 Nether Update. So it’s safe to say Minecraft isn’t going anywhere any time soon – reassuring if you’re one of the games 112 million monthly active players.

The rumour that Minecraft is shutting down was started by fake news and prank website Channel45News. The fake news outlet encourages users to create untrue news stories to share with their friends as a prank. In this case, the fake news gained traction quickly – to a point where people became unsure as to whether the news was actually true or not.

Just to put the rumours to bed once and for all, Microsoft’s community manager and Minecraft/Mojang employee Helen Zbihlyj took to Twitter to say: ‘Hey folks, I can confirm that Minecraft servers are NOT shutting down in 2020. It’s just a stupid hoax. Feel free to pass this along.’

When is Minecraft 1.16 coming out?

Minecraft’s 1.16 Nether Update, which contains new biomes, blocks, and even a new ore for players to experiment with, is out now.

Featuring new Nether blocks, creatures called Hoglins and biomes named Crimson Forest and Warped Forest, 20W06A also has a whole bunch of fixed bugs for users too.

The Minecraft Nether Update first snapshot is now available to play on Java and players can get it from There’s no date for when the non-Java update will be available, but it shouldn’t be long.

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