Microsoft kills support for Minecraft on Apple TV

"We need to reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most," says Microsoft

Microsoft has quietly ceased support for Minecraft on Apple TV.

While it remains fully playable, the game has been removed from the store and will no longer receive support or updates.

The plug was actually pulled on September 24, but the news has only just surfaced. Microsoft made the announcement through an in-game message which circulated through Twitter.

"We're grateful to the Apple TV community for their support but we need to reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most," the message reads.

Available on almost every modern gaming platform, Minecraft is the second-most successful game of all time (just behind Tetris) with 154 million units sold, and over 90 million monthly users.

"We know that this experience isn't in-line with the experience on other platforms so we will be issuing full refunds on purchases made within the last 90 days," continued the message.

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Latest comments (1)

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 6 months ago
It was basically set up to fail

It requires a proprietary Apple MFI Controller that costs $40, and I don’t think even 40 games supported it.

It cost $25. The iPad version is $6

I don’t think anyone buys a streaming device to game on it, even locally. I may be lacking some important facts and figures, but it seems every time there’s a high profile attempt they go down in flames.
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