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Hypixel
Hypixel Inc., Logo
Developer(s)Hypixel Inc.
Initial releaseApril 13, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-04-13)
PlatformMinecraft: Java Edition
Available in16 languages[1]
List of languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Nederlands, Greek, Korean
TypeMinecraft server
Websitehypixel.net

The Hypixel Network (commonly referred to as the Hypixel Server,[2] or simply Hypixel) is a Minecraft minigame server released on April 13, 2013, by Simon "Hypixel" Collins-Laflamme and Philippe Touchette, and is managed by Hypixel Inc. Hypixel is only available on the Java Edition of Minecraft,[3] but was formerly available on the Pocket Edition of the game as well. Hypixel has won four Guinness World Records.

History

The Hypixel server was released in beta on April 13, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme, whose username is Hypixel, and Philippe Touchette.[4][5] The two originally created Minecraft adventure maps together[3] 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,[5] 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.[3][6][7] In 2015, it was revealed that the server cost around $100,000 a month to maintain, back when the server had around 16,000 players online.[6] Today, the server regularly reaches over 100,000 concurrent players.[8]

On December 21, 2016, Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total,[9] and had reached 14.1 million unique players by the time Hytale was announced on December 13, 2018.[10] The server reached 18 million unique players in April 2020, according to a tweet by the server owner.[11] As of September 15, 2015, Hypixel attracts 1.9 million players every month.[6]

Around April 2018, Hypixel began to use Cloudflare Spectrum as a DDoS protection after being the victim of multiple attacks hosted by Mirai against the server.[12][13]

Hypixel China

In May 2017, Hypixel partnered with NetEase, the publisher of Minecraft China, to release a version of Hypixel in China.[14] This separate version of Minecraft and the Hypixel Minecraft server would be operated and translated by NetEase, as part of their partnership.[15]

On April 13, 2020, NetEase announced that the Chinese version of the server would be shutting down on June 30, 2020, due to the expiration of the agreement.[16]

Hytale

On December 13, 2018, a stand-alone game named Hytale was announced to the public to be in development by Hypixel Studios, a separate company founded by the creators of Hypixel,[10][17][18][19] with support from Riot Games and other developers including Dennis Fong, Rob Pardo and Peter Levine.[10] Development for Hytale started around 2015 and was teased at occasionally.[18] The trailer for Hytale was released on December 13, 2018, and amassed over 30 million views within a month.[20][21] On April 16, 2020, Riot Games announced their full acquisition of Hypixel Studios.[22]

Accolades

On October 20, 2017, Hypixel announced that they held 4 Guinness World Records.[23]

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 [10][3][17][18]
Most Popular Minecraft Server Network [3]
Most Games on a Minecraft Server[b] 43 games August 11, 2017 [24]
Most Unique Players Logged Into a Minecraft Server 11,982,298 players August 24, 2017 [10][18]
  1. ^ Based on historical data,[24] 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".[24] A full list is not provided.

References

  1. ^ "Language Troubleshooting - Hypixel Support". Hypixel Support. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Free-to-play Minecraft Games | Minecraft Server". Hypixel - Minecraft Server and Maps. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e MacGregor, Jodie (December 20, 2018). "Hytale is a Minecraft follow-up that remembers the minigames". RockPaperShotgun. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Minetrack Data". Minetrack. May 22, 2020. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Guthrie, Robert. "The Uncertain Future of Minecraft's Independent Servers". Kotaku. Archived from the original on December 4, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Riot Games Leads Investment in Hypixel Game Studio". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Cloudflare Spectrum – DDoS protection for the rest of the Internet". Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Hypixel is coming to China". Hypixel Forums. May 21, 2017. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ a b 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.
  18. ^ a b c d Takahashi, Dean (December 13, 2018). "Beware, Minecraft and Roblox. Here comes the blocky world of Hytale". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Tarason, Dominic (December 13, 2018). "Hytale is a blocky sandbox RPG spawned from a massive Minecraft server". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Milkameluna (January 9, 2019). "Hytale : 30 millions de vues sur le trailer d'annonce". Millennium.org (in French). Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  21. ^ Fischer, Tyler (January 12, 2019). "First Trailer of 'Minecraft' Inspired Game 'Hytale' Has 31 Million Views In Less Than 30 Days". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "Riot Games Acquires Hypixel Studios, Developer of Upcoming Block Game Hytale". riotgames.com. April 16, 2020. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  23. ^ "It's Official - Hypixel holds 4 Guinness World Records". Hypixel Forums. Hypixel Inc.
  24. ^ a b c "Application Record Search". Guinness World Records. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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