[Updated] Minecraft server down or not working (unable to play multiplayer), issue acknowledged

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on January 18, 2022) follows:

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all times, joining the likes of Mario and Tetris. Developed by Mojang Studios and released in November of 2011, Minecraft has millions of players to date.

All thanks to the endless procedurally generated 2D world, you never run out of space or resources to collect. However, in the last few days, players have encountered several bugs and glitches.


Just few days ago, players complained about boats disappearing when they get off while others said they were getting ‘Internal Exception: java.io.ioexception’ error

And as if that isn’t enough, players are now saying that they are unable to connect to the game servers. Many reported that the Minecraft servers are down at the moment on Downdetector.com.

While some say that they are getting a ” We could not validate your access, please try to login again.” message, others say they are getting an authentication error.

Players tried restarting the game but it is not helping. You can clearly see the surge in number of reports in the last few hours on Downdetector in the image below.

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Here are what some of the complainants have to say.

Can’t login
When I try to login on the site, it says ” We could not validate your access, please try to login again.”, but it doesn’t work. Are the servers down or something?

hey @MojangSupport are the servers having issues? im trying to play modded minecraft on aserver but i got told auth servers are in maintenance and now get a forcibly closed error but my other friends (not in the same country as me) can play fine

Thankfully, Mojang Status has shed some light on the matter and confirmed the fact that Minecraft servers are currently down for maintenance.

We are running an update behind the scenes which is impacting some of our services for Minecraft: Java Edition. Multiplayer is affected. – Ined

However, they did not share any timeline on when the servers will be back up and running. From the looks of it, it seems Minecraft players will have to wait a few more hours before they are able to connect.

We hope Mojang Studios warns Minecraft players before taking the game offline so they can complete their activities before the servers go off.

Nevertheless, we will be keeping an eye out on the issue and updating this space as and when required, so stay tuned.

Update 1 (January 19)

09:29 am (IST): Mojang Status on Twitter said that their maintenance update is complete and services are healing. However, still, they have not confirmed when the services will be fully restored.

Update 2 (May 10)

01:37 pm (IST): Fresh reports on Twitter and Downdetector now suggest that Minecraft is currently down or not working for many.

Update 3 (May 12)

03:36 pm (IST): The recent outage with Minecraft is seemingly resolved as we haven’t come across any fresh user reports on Downdetector.

Update 4 (May 16)

05:05 pm (IST): Many users have taken to Twitter and Reddit to report that Minecraft is down or not working for them. Moreover, reports on Downdectector also confirm the same.

Fortunately, Mojang support has acknowledged this outage and said that they are working to resolve it. However, they did not provide any ETA for the fix.

Update 5 (May 17)

09:34 am (IST): Mojang support on Twitter has confirmed that the recent outage with Minecraft has now been resolved.

Update 6 (July 20)

04:17 pm (IST): Many users have taken to Twitter (1, 2) to report that Minecraft Authentication servers are currently down or not working for them.

Update 7 (July 21)

06:31 pm (IST): The recent outage with Minecraft has now been resolved as we haven’t come across any fresh user reports on Twitter.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.