Hold on to your hats, Mojang just unveiled Minecraft Realms in North America!
Realms is a service provided by Mojang which lets you host your world online. You and your friends can work on an awesome creation, adventure into the depths, or play one of our featured mini-games with just a few clicks. The servers are always available, and can be restored to an earlier point if something goes wrong. Realms is run by Mojang, and simple to set up. This can be especially useful for people who want to play with their friends or family, but don't want to go through a laborious server setup process!
Realms is currently only available for the PC version of Minecraft, though there are plans to release it on other platforms in the future. Any and all Realms updates can be seen by clicking here.
Minecraft Realms is currently available in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, North America, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, The Åland Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Faroe Islands, The Isle of Man, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and The United Arab Emirates.