One of the most recent additions to the game is Minecraft Realms, a rent-a-server initiative run by Mojang that allows players to quickly and easily jump into their own private multiplayer Minecraft sessions without having to worry about either setting up their own servers or going through a third-party provider. It allows whoever is paying for the subscription to "whitelist" up to 20 players, 10 of whom may play at any one time. Presently, the service is limited to Mojang's native Sweden, but it will be rolled out worldwide over the course of 2014.
Mojang's doing more than just testing on Minecraft Realms at present, however. One of the more interesting features that the team is looking at adding is the facility to temporarily turn your Realm into one of several minigames, featuring predefined maps, objectives and game mechanics. Here Mojang's Jens Bergensten demonstrates and explains the new feature:
Switching to a minigame temporarily replaces your Realm and its players' creations with the minigame, and marks the Realm as...
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