Multiplayer is one of the most popular and effective ways to leverage Minecraft in the classroom. This article will cover:
- Before you begin
- The steps you need to get started
- Additional Resources
Minecraft: Education Edition features multiplayer games take place connecting over IP. Games can only take place between users within the same Office 365 Education tenant. A multiplayer game has a max capacity of 30 players for MacOS, iPad, and Windows 10 platforms
Before you begin
Multiplayer games are designed for a maximum of thirty (30) users at a time. If the host computer disconnects (even temporarily) everyone on the world will lose connection. Performance in a multiplayer world can begin to decrease at 20 players in some cases. For more information on how to best utilize multiplayer with 30 or more students you can connect with other teachers in our community forums.
To enjoy a successful multiplayer game, be sure the following connections are open:
- Meeservices.azurewebsites.net (used for login)
- Port 19132 TCP AND UDP (this carries Minecraft multiplayer traffic)
All multiplayer users should use the most current release of Minecraft: Education Edition and/or any additional applications (Code Builder, Classroom Mode). If you see something like the following, it usually indicates not everyone is running an up to date copy of Minecraft: Education Edition.
Please download and install the most recent version before you start. (Additionally, you will need to backup any work in progress before you upgrade.)
Here are the steps you need to follow to set up a multiplayer world in Minecraft: Education Edition
- Create a world on the host machine (for this example, we’ll refer to them as the “host”).
- Be sure the multiplayer settings are on. This will broadcast the game as available to join to others.
This is what it looks like when multiplayer games are off.
This is what it looks like when multiplayer games are on.
3. The host creates a world containing settings for visitors to enjoy and loads the world on their machine.
4. Locate the host machine IP address. Once the host is in the world, pressing escape will bring up the Game Menu. On the right of the screen, the IP address can be seen. Note: if you are on different networks you will need to search by IP address as detailed below.
The host can give the IP address out to other users to log in. When the other users start Minecraft: Education Edition they can open Worlds, click the Friends tab, and then select Add Server.
To join, simply type in the IP address of the host machine, add a name, and select “Add Server”. Users can find the host machine in their Friends list and connect to it whenever the host machine is online. *If you are not on the same network this is the process you will need to use. Two users on different networks will not auto discover as described above.*
That is all you need to get started with multiplayer worlds. Please contact support if you run into any technical issues.
If you are able to connect to a multiplayer game but start to see decreased performance as more players join your game you can try:
- Looking at your network speed and ensuring the amount of players is not overloading your network
- Turning down the render speed to 4 chunks and turning off fancy graphics on the host world
The following video, created by Minecraft Global Mentor Ben Spieldenner, details multiplayer functionality as a walkthrough for educators.
If you have any suggestions on excellent multiplayer worlds or lessons you would like to see featured here, please contact support or post a thread in the “Feature Request” area of the forums with the title “Multiplayer KB Suggestions” (or similar) so we see it right away for consideration.
Updated June 22, 2018