Before I all say, I want to say that I have premium and I want to all plays Minecraft.
Many games is nees funds for developing. Valve is getting money from buying Steam games. Nintendo with consoles and games, and other many companies. Problem with Minecraft is because buying is getted buggy and only what is changed is only price. When you try to buy Minecraft, you will have the problems with buying. After contacting bank and other complicated things, you get Minecraft. Mojang is have many moneys from buying by Microsoft. What is here problem to make Minecraft free? I am support the idea because many my friends is playing cracked Minecraft.
(Edit: I ancidently chosen Gameplay category, I wanted to chosse General)
At first I thought this was a troll thread, but after seeing the thread creator, I almost 100% know that you're serious.
I never had problems buying Minecraft. If you are having trouble with your bank or credit/debit cards or whatever, that's not Mojang's (Creators of Minecraft) fault. Just because they are making a bunch of money doesn't mean it should be free. Many official game devolopers make TONS more money. Even if they made all the money in the world, they would run out, go bankrupt and have Minecraft shut down. (No more updates!) Micro-transactions? No. Minecraft isn't exactly a game where that would fit in. That's what mods are for. Just because your friends pirate a game, that doesn't mean that the game should automagically be free, that just means they illegally own it. At the beginning of your post you said many companies need money, right? What makes Mojang the exception? Because the game has bugs? What game DOESN'T have bugs?
This won't happen, yes they have made much money from minecraft, but is that really enough to provide a living for however many of them there are? As well as get there well deserved profit for them to live a great life? Why would a game that has cost money for nearly 6 years now all of a sudden be free?
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I had problems buying minecraft as well, I was in sixth grade and neither me nor my parents knew how to make my minecraft account until we found out we had to make a mojang account. The buying process took a good hour or so but does that mean minecraft should be free? Of course not, that's a stupid reason: every game has bugs. Minecraft has bugs. Super Mario 3d World has bugs. Etc Etc
I don't think Minecraft should be free. Reduced cost for holiday sales or something? Maybe, but not free. If you have problems with buying it with your credit card you should go to your credit card company and not blame it on Microsoft or Mojang. No support.
$30 is a very reasonable price for a game. It even goes on sale, right?
Game companies need money to keep going. They have employees to pay. I guarantee if MC was FREE, it would have MORE bugs because they wouldn't have such dedicated teams working on it, and like other FREE MMOs, a lot of additional features would have to be paid for, like maybe the right to use a custom skin, or the right to make some of the better equipment [I'm having a hard time thinking about this, since MC is mostly single player]
So no. Your friends can find a way to buy a legitimate Minecraft and not have to worry.
If Minecraft was free, Mojang would not have any business anymore, and they would just disappear. Also, Microsoft bought Mojang, not the other way around. Who cares if the game is buggy, all games are buggy. It is impossible to make a bug-free game. If your friends can't play, too bad. They gotta buy it.
I doubt you would run into a problem when buying Minecraft, and if you did, you could contact Mojang about it and tell them the problem. Also, there is already an existing free Minecraft game, which is the free version Minecraft PE. The only reason why you're suggesting this is because of people that may run into a problem.
While that is nice to care for, it's really not needed. It's also not even that simple to make a normally paid game free, and I feel as though there is really no problem with it unless there is a high number of complaints.
As many said before, developers need money to make the game, to update the game and just to live its their job.
So....I don't support this, I never will and I'm pretty sure... no one (except for people who don't have any money or just don't want to have to pay for things that they should) is ever gonna support this