What is Cracked Minecraft? Is it Illegal? Is it Safe? And is it a Threat to Mojang?

The term “Cracked Minecraft” must be familiar to most Minecraft players. Most people in the Minecraft community have heard the term “Cracked Minecraft” or have seen a picture of a cracked launcher. People claim that Cracked Minecraft users are poor people who are pirating the game with the majority of them being hackers. There are even YouTubers making videos mocking it. Overall, the term “Cracked Minecraft” gives people a negative feeling. 

But what is cracked Minecraft? Is it illegal? Is it safe? And is it a threat to Mojang? In this article, we are taking a deep dive into this controversial topic, and perhaps one of Minecraft Java Edition’s biggest flaws. 

What is cracked Minecraft? 

On the surface, cracked Minecraft is very simple. Like other cracked software, cracked Minecraft is simply an unofficial copy of the game that is obtained illegally. 

However, it enables people who do not have the funds to purchase a Minecraft account to participate in the game. Believe it or not, many famous Minecraft players got their start by playing Cracked Minecraft! Cracked Minecraft allows everyone to play one of the best-selling games of all time! However, Cracked Minecraft is illegal and will only be able to play on Cracked Servers. 

Why Premium Minecraft Account is Always Better? 

Minecraft Premium accounts (paid accounts), on the other hand, have full access to the game and can join all servers, Like Hypixel, you will be able to change your skin and cape. This is the legal, approved way to own Minecraft.  

How does Cracked Minecraft work?  

To understand how cracked Minecraft works, you first need to know about offline mode. Offline mode in Minecraft allows the game to be launched when they are unable to connect to the authentication server. This means that Mojang will be unable to verify your ownership of the game before it is launched. 

This is where the cracked Minecraft launcher comes in. Offline mode is used as an advantage by a cracked Minecraft launcher, and Minecraft is tricked into launching in offline mode. As a result, Mojang cannot verify that you own the game, allowing you to play Minecraft without an account. 

Popular cracked launchers… 

Screenshot: Yelling At Children

The first cracked launcher is made by AnjoCaido in 2013. It is a modified version of the legacy launcher for version 1.5.2. Soon a lot of other cracked launchers start to emerge.  

The most popular ones are TLauncher, SKLauncher, and Titan Launcher. 

Is cracked Minecraft safe?  

There are numerous free cracked launchers available on the internet; however, some of them may contain malicious code, making them malware. So yes, cracked Minecraft can be dangerous! 

What is the communities opinion about cracked Minecraft? 

Screenshot: Yelling At Children

Most people see cracked Minecraft players as part of the Minecraft community and see them as normal Minecraft players who love Minecraft. Some of them actively encourage crack players to buy the game. And some players, on the other hand, criticise cracked players for pirating the game and should stay away at all cost. 

Why do people think that cracked players are hackers? (people who use hacked clients) 

Players can create an infinite amount of cracked accounts and some players often use hacked clients on cracked servers to create another cracked account after getting banned, making people think that all cracked players are hackers. But this is not the truth. A lot of crack players are normal players enjoying the game just like us. 

Is Notch encouraging people to pirate the game?  

A few years ago, Notch said that Minecraft might not be as popular if people had not pirated it. Those that pirated it soon bought it outright, this is a good example of when pirating a game can be a good thing. 

While Mojang did not encourage crack Minecraft, surprisingly, they are benefiting from it! 

Is cracked Minecraft illegal and a threat to Mojang?  

Short answer: Yes! Long answer: It is still illegal but might not be prosecuted

It is illegal to pirate any piece of software or game. However, Mojang says that they don’t care if people use cracked Minecraft. They think Minecraft should be for everyone, and 53,000 copies of the game are being sold every day. 

Microsoft, the company that owns Mojang, has a very different viewpoint. They are a billion-dollar corporation looking to make money. They believe that cracked Minecraft should not exist and that everyone should pay for the game. They implemented account migration, which effectively disables stolen Minecraft Alts, and it is only a matter of time before they begin working on stopping cracked Minecraft. 


In conclusion, is cracked Minecraft a bad thing? Yes and no. It enables people who cannot purchase an account to play one of the best-selling games of all time. And it benefits Mojang by letting Minecraft reach more people. However, technically, pirating the game is illegal. 

What do you think we should do about cracked Minecraft? Should we stop them? Should we encourage it, or should we let them be? 


  1. In my opinion it really doesn’t matter if a person is playing on a cracked Minecraft account. If they love Minecraft enough and are willing to use a pirated version of it because they don’t have the means to buy an account then it is completely fine. Good article : )

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  3. At first, I was kinda skeptical at cracked Minecraft, but it seems that it doesn’t really matter if people use the official Minecraft or cracked Minecraft, because it’s still Minecraft, even if it’s cracked. And the end goal is to play Minecraft anyway, and since Mojang doesn’t care about people using it, I wouldn’t consider cracked Minecraft ILLEGAL, ‘cuz Mojang won’t do anything about it. And that’s actually pretty nice, and it’ll help save you about 30 bucks.

  4. Great Article, well written showing both sides of the agreement, in my personal opinion, cracked Minecraft is an important part of the community, letting people enjoy the game, even if they cant afford it.

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