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Developer(s)Hypixel Inc.
Initial releaseApril 13, 2013; 6 years ago (2013-04-13)
TypeGame server

The Hypixel Network is a Minecraft mini-game server, founded on April 14, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme and Philippe Touchette. As of December 2018, the server has had a total of 14.1 million unique logins.[1] Hypixel is only available on the Java Edition of Minecraft.[2]


Hypixel was founded on April 14, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme (also known as "hypixel"), and Philippe Touchette (also known as "Rezzus").[3][4][5] The two originally created Minecraft adventure maps[2] and uploaded them to their YouTube channel. It was around this time when Hypixel created the Hypixel server to further showcase these maps. Minigames, originally created for users to play on while waiting for other players, soon gained popularity and became the server's main focus, and efforts from Hypixel were put towards new server content instead of Minecraft maps.[2]

Since April 14, 2016, the Housing game mode on Hypixel has host a "Featured World" for the New York Times, made with the collaboration of Christoph Niemann.[6]

On December 21, 2016, Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total,[7] and has 14.1 million as of 13 December 2018.[1] Hypixel attracts around 2 million players each month.[3]

Around April 2018, Hypixel started to use Cloudflare Spectrum as a DDoS protection after being the victim of attacks hosted by Mirai against the server.[8][9]

The server costs around $100,000 a month to maintain as of September 2015.[3]


On December 13, 2018, a stand-alone game named Hytale was announced to be in development by Hypixel Studios, a newly-founded company by the creators of Hypixel,[1][10][11][12] with support from Riot Games and other developers including Dennis Fong, Rob Pardo and Peter Levine.[1] Development for Hytale started in 2015.[11] The trailer for Hytale was released on December 13, 2018, and amassed over 30 million views within a month.[13][14]


Award Category Performance Date Result References
Guinness World Records[1][10][11][15] Most Popular Independent Server For a Video Game 64,533 concurrent players 7 July 2017 Won [1][2][10][11]
Most Popular Minecraft Server Network [2]
Most Games[a] on a Minecraft Server 43 games 11 August 2017 [16][non-primary source needed]
Most Unique Players Logged Into a Minecraft Server 11,982,298 players 24 August 2017 [1][11]
  1. ^ Guinness[15] considers a game as a live game available to players online, without counting alternate modes.[clarification needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Riot Games Leads Investment in Hypixel Game Studio". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e MacGregor, Jodie (December 20, 2018). "Hytale is a Minecraft follow-up that remembers the minigames". RockPaperShotgun. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Wiltshire, Alex (September 15, 2015). "The Future Of Minecraft's Biggest Servers". Rock Paper Shotgun. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Brown, Fraser (December 13, 2018). "The designers of one of Minecraft's most popular servers are making a blocky RPG". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "7 Oldest Minecraft Servers". Oldest.org. February 22, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Thompson, Clive. "The Minecraft Generation". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ Guthrie, Robert. "The Uncertain Future of Minecraft's Independent Servers". Kotaku. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Internet security expert links massive botnet DDoS attacks to Minecraft disputes". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cloudflare Spectrum – DDoS protection for the rest of the Internet". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Fogel, Stefanie (December 13, 2018). "Creators of Popular 'Minecraft' Server Announce New Game 'Hytale'". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e Takahashi, Dean (13 December 2018). "Beware, Minecraft and Roblox. Here comes the blocky world of Hytale". VentureBeat. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  12. ^ Tarason, Dominic (December 13, 2018). "Hytale is a blocky sandbox RPG spawned from a massive Minecraft server". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Milkameluna (January 9, 2019). "Hytale : 30 millions de vues sur le trailer d'annonce". Millennium.org (in French). Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Fischer, Tyler (January 12, 2019). "First Trailer of 'Minecraft' Inspired Game 'Hytale' Has 31 Million Views In Less Than 30 Days". ComicBook.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Application Record Search". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  16. ^ "It's Official - Hypixel holds 4 Guinness World Records". Hypixel - Minecraft Server and Maps. Retrieved 22 August 2019.