Despite what the internet might lead you to believe, Minecraft isn’t shutting down its servers on Dec. 21, 2020. This prodigious rumor appears to come from prank site Channel45news.com, which published a “story” that was picked up by a mainstream search engine and promoted alongside legitimate outlets in its news feed.

For those unaware, Channel45news is a website designed for pranks that allows you to generate a headline of your choosing. The headline was: “Minecraft will shut down their servers in late 2020.”

Microsoft community manager Helen Zbihlyj tweeted on Thursday in to try to clear up the rumors. “Minecraft is NOT stopping, Mojang is NOT closing.” Polygon has also reached contacted Microsoft for additional comment.

The prank appeared to be seen around Dec. 30, where the “news story” circulated on Twitter. It’s obvious Channel45news is a prank website once you visit as a banner on the side of the screen reads “You’ve been pranked!” But the headline itself, aligned with a “news” URL, may have seemed convincing in a passing glance. Thanks to that, the story rapidly spread across social media.

Despite what this prank may suggest, Minecraft remains one of the most popular and important games of of the last 10 years, and it seems that there’s no slowing it down as the game enters its next decade. New, major updates are released regularly, the last of which was just a couple weeks ago.

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