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News that Minecraft servers will be shut down by 2020 is false

by Ace Damon
Imagem de: Notícia de que servidores de Minecraft serão desligados em 2020 é falsa

Part of the Minecraft fan community has panicked in recent days over an alleged bomb: Microsoft's game servers would be shut down on December 21, 2020. The game's own creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, It would have confirmed that the time has come to say goodbye to the project.

However, this is a "trick" made on a site called Channel45News, where any user can create fake news, with flashy warnings on the sides that this is a joke. But it spread more than it should, being ranked by search engines, spread on social networks and reposted on other pages as something real.

Here's what the rumor site layout looks like:

Image Source: Channel 45 News / Reproduction

Did you find the rumor too weak and surely something no one believed? It turns out the effect was bigger than imagined – and even Mojang herself, the game developer, had to take action to disprove the information. The community manager for the game, Helen Zbihlyj, posted on Twitter about the case.

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. pic.twitter.com/uHIqWOMsTR

– Helen Z ?? #PAXSouth (@HelenAngel) January 2, 2020

"Hey guys, I can confirm that Minecraft servers are NOT shutting down by 2020. It's just a stupid rumor. Feel free to pass this on," he wrote on the social network. Helen still had to tweet it a second time a day later, as apparently the speculation was still intense.

As if basic information were not enough of a lie, its construction is also inaccurate: Notch has not even been involved with the project since Microsoft's acquisition, and has now even been set aside in homage to the game.

TecMundo already told the full story of Minecraft in a video from the History of Technology series.

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