No, this is just a prank that got way out of hand. Then Google picked up the fake story and started to present it as a reliable source, and the subsequent worry among fans got so intense that everyone from fact-checking site Snopes to the folks at developer Mojang had to respond. According to a âstoryâ on a site called Channel 45 News, âMojang has announced on their Twitter that Minecraft will shut down their servers on December 21st, 2020.â But if you actually follow that link, youâll soon find that the site in question is a prank generator, designed to let you quickly make goofball news stories to annoy your friends on social media. So is Minecraft shutting down? Is Minecraft shutting down? Yet around the new year, rumours that of Microsoftâs impossibly huge block-builder would shut down in 2020 began to swirl. Minecraft might just be the most popular game in the world, with nearly 500 million players and a decadeâs worth of continued to success to show for it.