Minecraft has existed relatively independently within the Microsoft universe for several years now, but that is about to change. In the near future it will be mandatory for players to use a Microsoft account if they want to continue using the game.
Minecraft is partially already tied to a user account of the parent company. This is the case with Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, which is made available via the Windows Store or for various console platforms. With the original Minecraft: Java Edition, however, registration with the Mojang developer studio is sufficient to be able to use the game.
This will change in the coming year. Here, too, registration with a Microsoft account will be mandatory. However, this does not mean that the provider solves the biggest problem of the two versions: Despite the same registration platform, it will still not be possible to play with friends who use the other version.
Minecraft: Migration to the Microsoft account is mandatory
However, the Microsoft account still provides more features than the old Mojang user account. This includes, among other things, parental control options and better control over chat contacts. Younger players in particular should be able to be better protected from harmful influences in the multiplayer environment.
Name can be a problem
Microsoft assured that the change will not result in the game saves or other data being lost. The developers implement a migration process with which the move should go as smoothly as possible. In the coming months, the users of Minecraft: Java Edition will be contacted gradually.
The most serious problem that can arise in the course of the migration, however, is colliding user names. Because so far both groups have been completely separated from each other and it can accordingly happen that the same name is used by two different users. Here people with a Mojang account would be forced to look around for a new name.