They said on Reddit that they will provide help to third party launchers with this migration.

But now I wonder, will they do it through applying process? Means that if they don't like your launcher for some reason (like it can run offline), your application may be denied and you will not be able to authorize players? :)

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@sasha_sorokin microsoft finally killed a once great game for good 😥

@Slacktoid wait, you didn't hear it clear, let me quote:

> Now just to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is MANDATORY. If you don’t make the move, in several months you won’t be able to log in anymore – which means you won’t be able to play either.

:)

@sasha_sorokin
Guess I won't be playing official Minecraft anymore.. FOSS clones here I come!

@Le3Kat imagine buying Minecraft after a long time playing through a cracked launcher just to find out you have to migrate to Microsoft, which you don't want to do due to your beliefs. Ohhh

@Slacktoid

@Le3Kat
I legitimately paid for Pocket Edition, but at some point (I think when it became Bedrock) they added DRM and it now it "can't verify" or whatever, so I have to pirate something I paid for. Later, when I switched to Java, I chose to pirate it to get back at them for the Windows keys that came with my computers that I was forced to pay for despite not using.
@sasha_sorokin @Slacktoid

@sasha_sorokin reminds me of when youtube made everyone switch to google accounts.

that said, your "mojang" account is already an account hosted/run by microsoft anyways, and it does make sense that they'd want to piggyback off the main microsoft account team's security work rather than manage a second independent authentication system.

@kepstin @sasha_sorokin Is it really that hard to add 2FA to Mojang accounts?

@webb @sasha_sorokin at the scale of the numbers of people with minecraft accounts nothing is easy. And minecraft accounts are big hacking targets. It makes complete sense that they'd switch to an existing hardened authentication system with dedicated support people so they don't need to maintain a large additional team to run a separate auth used only by a single game.

@sasha_sorokin I'm okay with it if they made it optional. This really is reminding me of the whole Facebook and Oculus stuff. Fuck Microsoft.

@webb

> Now just to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is MANDATORY. If you don’t make the move, in several months you won’t be able to log in anymore – which means you won’t be able to play either.

They even formatted ‘mandatory’ word, makes the intent clear.

@sasha_sorokin yep. Minecraft was one of those games where you could do just about anything and your account would never be banned. If your Microsoft account gets banned for God knows what reason you might end up losing access to Minecraft as a whole. Minecraft will likely be put under the terms of M$ shit. I don't think servers like 2b2t could exist under such policies, as well as many other servers.

@webb there actually were a few known ban waves when Microsoft accounts were banned with no reasons whatsoever.

@sasha_sorokin It should be illegal to have someone pay for something, and then down the line change the terms in such a way. It should be completely optional. Just like the switch from Minecraft accounts to Mojang accounts
@sasha_sorokin and I was aware of that. Should have used "would"
@sasha_sorokin it looks like the migration won't be automatic, so luckily I won't be losing minecraft.

@robby I mean, if you migrate manually, no you'll not lose it, but if by some reason you don't want to migrate your account over to Microsoft, this is a kiss goodbye to your copy of Minecraft.

@sasha_sorokin

Now just to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory. If you don’t make the move, in several months you won’t be able to log in anymore – which means you won’t be able to play either.

I missed this the first time I read it. Thats disturbing. I feel like this shouldn’t be legal.

@robby pff, Google pulled that trick with YouTube and G+, what's stopping Microsoft from doing the same? :)

@sasha_sorokin I didn't spend money to use YouTube nor G+, so I think it would be easier to argue against Microsoft in this case.

@sasha_sorokin Hmmm.

If it wasn't piracy I'd try and make an auth replacement.

@gudenau there's ely.by that is supported by TL (not launcher under stolen TLauncher name).

@sasha_sorokin The biggest problems with these sorts of things is:
- Piracy
- Requires modified servers
- Requires modified clients/launchers

@gudenau @sasha_sorokin allows for exploits to end users.

this will open a whole new scene for custom launchers that will infect the PCs of thousands of children

@John @sasha_sorokin The launcher I'm working on will limit that on Linux if you have some kernel features (that really should be enabled, even Android uses some) enabled.

@gudenau @sasha_sorokin just mean the gloves will come off, kids will google "minecraft hax" and get owned soon... your launcher isn't the issue. their crm wedge drives people to hack the client which will lead to issues.

@John @sasha_sorokin Fair enough, but there is malware that is distrusted in the mods themselves. So that's fun.

@sasha_sorokin It's sad because all the FOSS alternatives to Minecraft just aren't at the same level of the original imho. Mojang/MS knows this. They basically encourage you to learn programming by creating clones of minecraft, and they fully know no one will ever be able to compete with the harmony of textures, music, mechanics that is Minecraft.

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