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Hypixel
Hypixel Inc., Logo
Developer(s)Hypixel inc.[1]
Initial releaseApril 13, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-04-13)
PlatformMinecraft: Java Edition
Available in18 languages[2]
List of languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Nederlands, Greek, Korean, Turkish, Finnish, Czech
TypeMinecraft server
Websitehypixel.net

Hypixel, officially the Hypixel Network, is a Minecraft minigame server released on April 13, 2013, by Simon "Hypixel" Collins-Laflamme and Philippe Touchette, and is managed and run by Hypixel inc..[3] Hypixel is only available on the Java Edition of Minecraft,[4] but was formerly available on the Bedrock Edition of the game as well. Hypixel has held four Guinness World Records[5] and is widely considered to be the largest currently-active Minecraft server, with over 100,000 unique players concurrently online during peak hours.[6]

History

The Hypixel server was released in beta on April 13, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme, and Philippe Touchette. The server is managed and run by Hypixel inc..[3][7][8] The two originally created Minecraft adventure maps together[4] and uploaded trailers to their YouTube channel. The Hypixel server was created to play and further showcase these maps. Minigames were originally created for users to play on while waiting for other players,[8] but the minigames themselves gained popularity on their own and became the server's main identity, and efforts from Hypixel were put towards new server content instead of the making of other Minecraft maps and games.[4][9][10]

Hypixel inc., Hypixel's maintainer,[3] was registered as a Canadian corporation under the name "8414483 Canada Inc" on January 23, 2013. Its name was then modified to "Hypixel inc." on February 2, 2015. [1]

In 2015, it was revealed that the server cost around $100,000 a month to maintain.[9]

As of April 2021, the server regularly reaches over 150,000 concurrent players, peaking at over 216,000 on April 16.[11] On December 21, 2016, Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total,[12] and had reached 14.1 million unique players by the time Hytale was announced on December 13, 2018.[13] The server reached 18 million unique players in April 2020, according to a tweet by the server owner.[14] As of September 2015, Hypixel attracts 1.9 million players every month.[9]

Hypixel China

In May 2017, Hypixel partnered with NetEase, the publisher of Minecraft China, to release a version of Hypixel in China, sometimes known as "Chypixel".[15] This separate version of Minecraft and the Hypixel Minecraft server would be operated and translated by NetEase, as part of their partnership.[16]

On April 13, 2020, due to the expiration of their agreement, NetEase announced that the Chinese version of the server would be shutting down on June 30, 2020.[17]

DDoS Attacks

Around April 2018, Hypixel began to use Cloudflare Spectrum as a DDoS protection after being the victim of multiple attacks hosted by Mirai, a malware, against the server.[18][19]

On 18 June 2021, Hypixel shut down for emergency maintenance, stating their host was under "large-scale DDoS attacks". Connection problems were reported by players before the server was shut down, and the Hypixel team had claimed to have "identified the issue with an upstream provider". The server subsequently remained closed for four days before fully reopening. In its statement, the Hypixel team re-iterated that they had "dealt with DDoS attacks for well over 8 years", and that "recent changes at [their] host caused a flaw in [their] setup".[20][21]

Gameplay

Hypixel has various multiplayer minigames created by modifying and repurposing the game mechanics of Minecraft.[9][22] Its players can purchase cosmetics and ranks that allow for certain in-game abilities.[9]

The server, using an anticheat software, finds players that are cheating, or "hacking", in its games, named "Watchdog".[23]

Guinness World Records

On October 20, 2017, Hypixel announced that they held four Guinness World Records.[24]

Award Category Performance Date Result References
Guinness World Records[a] Most Popular Independent Server For a Video Game 64,533 concurrent players July 7, 2017 Won [13][4][26]
Most Popular Minecraft Server Network [4]
Most Games on a Minecraft Server[b] 43 games August 11, 2017
Most Unique Players Logged Into a Minecraft Server 11,982,298 players August 24, 2017 [13]
  1. ^ Based on historical data,[25] as opposed to a GWR record attempt event.
  2. ^ Guinness considers a game as a "live game, which Minecraft players could log in and play" and the count "excludes different modes for the same game and games that have been removed".[25] A full list is not provided.

See also

  • Hytale, an upcoming video game by Hypixel Studios

References

  1. ^ a b "Federal Corporation Information - 841448-3 - Online Filing Centre - Corporations Canada - Corporations - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada". www.ic.gc.ca. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Language Troubleshooting - Hypixel Support". Hypixel Support. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Announcing Hypixel Studios and Hytale!". Hypixel - Minecraft Server and Maps. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e MacGregor, Jodie (December 20, 2018). "Hytale is a Minecraft follow-up that remembers the minigames". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "It's Official - Hypixel holds 4 Guinness World Records". Hypixel - Minecraft Server and Maps. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  6. ^ minecraft-server.net. "Full Statistics | Hypixel Network | Minecraft Server List | Best..." Minecraft Servers. Archived from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Official Hypixel Minecraft Server 1.5.2 (BETA)". Hypixel - Minecraft Server and Maps. April 13, 2013. Archived from the original on December 7, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Simpkins, Jen. "First Look: Hytale is putting adventure and creativity at the heart of its ambitious block-building sandbox". GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e Wiltshire, Alex (September 15, 2015). "The Future Of Minecraft's Biggest Servers". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Brown, Fraser (December 13, 2018). "The designers of one of Minecraft's most popular servers are making a blocky RPG". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Minetrack Data". Minetrack. May 22, 2020. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  12. ^ Guthrie, Robert. "The Uncertain Future of Minecraft's Independent Servers". Kotaku. Archived from the original on December 4, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Riot Games Leads Investment in Hypixel Game Studio". The Hollywood Reporter. December 13, 2018. Archived from the original on December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Collins-Laflamme, Simon [@Simon_Hypixel] (April 6, 2020). "We just hit 18,000,000 unique players on the Hypixel Minecraft server! That means about 52% of people who bought Minecraft java edition manually typed the address and logged on the server Thank you all for this opportunity, I am still working hard like day 1. Love you all" (Tweet). Retrieved April 7, 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "NetEase Reveals Games Pipeline at Third Annual Game Enthusiasts' Day". PR Newswire. May 22, 2017. Archived from the original on August 7, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Hypixel is coming to China". Hypixel Forums. May 21, 2017. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  17. ^ "Hypixel中国版服务器停止运营公告" [Announcement about the suspension of the Hypixel China Edition server]. mc.163.com (in Chinese). April 13, 2020. Archived from the original on April 21, 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  18. ^ "Internet security expert links massive botnet DDoS attacks to Minecraft disputes". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on February 17, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Cloudflare Spectrum – DDoS protection for the rest of the Internet". Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "Hypixel Maintenance". Hypixel.net. June 22, 2021. Archived from the original on June 22, 2021. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  21. ^ Nixinova (June 23, 2021). "Hypixel Back Online After Large-Scale DDoS Attacks". Nixinova News. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  22. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (July 21, 2020). "Adopt Me: The most popular game you've never played". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  23. ^ Stevens, Cara J. (May 2, 2017). The Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters: Multiplayer Mode: Exploring Hidden Games and Secret Worlds. Sky Pony Press. ISBN 9781510718258. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  24. ^ "It's Official - Hypixel holds 4 Guinness World Records". Hypixel Forums. Hypixel Inc.
  25. ^ a b "Application Record Search". Guinness World Records. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  26. ^ Fogel, Stefanie (December 13, 2018). "Creators of Popular 'Minecraft' Server Announce New Game 'Hytale'". Variety. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2018.

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