Posted February 09, 2019 09:04:28Today, Minecraft Bedwards went down.
The servers were supposed to last until April.
However, the admins who operated the servers have told Ars that they are not expecting to be able to resume hosting the game until the end of the year.
The admins have told the site that the server has been offline for at least a year, and that they will no longer be able for the time being to continue hosting the servers.
This comes amid reports that the US Department of Justice is considering whether to prosecute those who run Bedwarts server.
A source who works for the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts told Ars the federal prosecutors are investigating “whether or not the admins violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and whether the admins breached their fiduciary duty to the users of their server by engaging in an unauthorized sale of Bedwarms server software.”
“The government is asking for a full and complete explanation of what happened,” the source added.
The government’s concerns are likely related to an incident in November that resulted in the DOJ taking legal action against an employee who was found to have been running Bedwarks without a license.
A lawsuit against Bedwords was settled in January 2018, but the DOJ did not seek criminal prosecution for the employee involved in the case.
The federal government has also accused Bedwares of breaking a law against spamming users’ email accounts.
“The DOJ is investigating whether or not it broke any laws,” the US Attorneys Office for Massachusetts told the Boston Globe.
“We are currently seeking to determine whether the Bedwarrs admins breached the terms of service for the Minecraft server by using false, misleading, or deceptive claims.”
According to the government, the Bedworth servers have hosted over 1.5 million users over the past five years.
Minecraft Bedwarser was originally created in 2009 and is a “modded version” of Minecraft that lets users customize their own worlds.
It has been downloaded over 500 million times.