“RIP Mineplex” started trending on Twitter after the Minecraft minigame server announced on Discord that it will be permanently shutting shop.

Mineplex admin, who goes by the username Dean wrote posted an extensive announcement on the platform informing everyone of the sad news. “As you’re all aware, all servers and the website have been down for a couple of days now. Unfortunately, I have been given the burden of informing you that this will be forever. I shouldn’t need to be the one to tell you all this, I shouldn’t HAVE to. But in the end, you all deserve to know that it’s over and I suppose, I’ll need to be the one to do it. I wish there was more to say, I wish things would have gone differently and I wish we all would have had time to say a proper goodbye to it, give it a proper send off. I am sorry it went the way it did, you guys are passionate about this server and it’s always inspired me to want to do better even if I didn’t have the opportunity to,” he wrote.

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He further opened up about what the server is to become in the future: “I’ll end this off by saying that I’ll be giving the MPD to Toki who will turn it into a sort of memorial, at least for the time being. I would also like to ask that you don’t give her, the other admins and the staff team, or me any sort of abuse both in chats and in DMs. We worked for this company, we didn’t own it, and we didn’t make the decision that led us here. Thank you guys so much for the wonderful years, I wish you all the best of luck in the future with whatever you end up doing, and come say hi once in a while.”

Many people took to Twitter to express their sorrow at having Mineplex shut down.

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Here are a few of the tweets:

Mineplex was created in 2013 by Gregory Bylos and Spujel. Mineplex had millions of unique players monthly as of mid-2016 and October 2020. At its peak, the server had around 20,000 concurrent players at almost any given time. On January 28, 2015, it broke a Guinness World Records record for having 34,434 concurrent players, the most on a Minecraft server at the time.

The server had various minigames, including specially customized and heavily modded multiplayer maps with different objectives. These minigames provide winnable gameplay mechanics to the sandbox game.