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Case Study: How Minecraft Ported Realms to Azure (Presented by Microsoft)

Brian Trevethan  (Sr. Software Engineer, Microsoft)

Mangal Srinivasamurthy  (Software Engineer, Microsoft)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 8:30am - 9:00am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded


Migrating technology stacks can be scary. But it doesn't have to be. This talk will show you how Mojang ported Minecraft Realms from a custom infrastructure-as-a-service implementation to a managed solution running on Azure, while limiting impact to players.


Migrating cloud providers can be difficult and time consuming. Hopefully, this presentation has given you a chance to learn from our techniques as well as our mistakes. Be sure to engage with the Microsoft Azure Fast Track team for your migration project.

Intended Audience

Game services teams interested in learning about how they can leverage Azure and PlayFab for their game titles.