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Since its initial release in May 2009, Minecraft has soared in popularity, having sold over 7 million copies of the game just in the first couple of years. One of the things that makes it so popular is its customization and world-building abilities, as well as the ability to host your own Minecraft server due to the publicly released files.
Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, offers the executable file for setting up a Minecraft server straight from the official website. Hosting your own Minecraft server comes with a number of benefits; for instance, it offers even more customization options as far as the interface is concerned. Server hosts can fully customize the game to their liking, going as far as to install a number of mods for all of the players to enjoy.
The other major advantage that comes with hosting your own server is the ability to maintain a dedicated server for it. Rather than dealing with sharing a virtual server or a shared server, it is possible to rent or host your own dedicated server and place the Minecraft server files on it, ensuring that the only person who is using those resources is you — and your players as they enjoy playing on the server, of course.
In fact, it is also possible to host your own Minecraft server right on your computer; however, keep in mind that while you may have all the processing power and RAM that you may need for it, you cannot always control what your Internet speed will be.
All in all, Mojang makes hosting a Minecraft server easy to handle, especially since they package it all into an executable file that makes installation a cinch. Very few other companies out there can claim to offer the same easy to use server files for their games.