2021 has been a big year for Minecraft, with not one but two radical game updates on the way. With the year drawing to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s going on in the Minecraft scene this year.
Of course, one of the most popular aspects of the game is its multiplayer servers. The online landscape is constantly changing and changing to reflect the newest and most fun servers to play on at all times. This was definitely the case in 2021 as well, and there are some really cool servers that have climbed to the top this year.
The 5 most popular and most played Minecraft servers of 2021
5) Purple Prison
Server IP address: purpleprison.net
Purple Prison is one of the existing Minecraft prison servers, defining the prison genre at this point. Their discord server boasts an astounding 55,000 unique members, and the Minecraft server has thousands of players at any time of the day.
Although the server was founded in 2014, its community has grown rapidly this year and is now one of the most popular servers in existence. This is mainly due to the participation of many famous YouTubers and the unique and fun gameplay on offer that cannot be recreated elsewhere.
Server IP address: play.wynncraft.com
Wynncraft is a well-known Minecraft RPG server with many unique gameplay elements that have contributed to its tremendous popularity. This year was no different and the server saw many thousands of players at any time of the day during the summer months of the year.
Additionally, the server has also received extensive promotion from popular Minecraft YouTubers such as “TommyInnit,” who recorded a miniseries on it.
Server IP address: 2b2t.org
Founded in 2010, 2b2t is a notorious server that probably needs no introduction to most Minecraft fans. It has a somewhat cult following of gamers and possibly the largest YouTube audience of any Minecraft server to date.
Those familiar with 2b2t will know that there are absolutely no rules on the server. This fact, combined with over 10 years of server tradition, is part of what attracts tens of thousands of people to 2b2t every day. The chaotic and pure fun that can be had here simply cannot be found anywhere else.
Server IP address: play.cubecraft.net
CubeCraft is another well-known Minecraft server that has been online since 2012. Although as of 2021, CubeCraft ranks second in terms of popularity, at one point it was the most popular server in Minecraft.
What made CubeCraft so popular in 2021, however, isn’t the Java Edition of Minecraft, but the Bedrock Edition. CubeCraft is currently the most popular Minecraft Bedrock Edition server, boasting thousands of players at most hours of the day.
Server IP address: play.hypixel.net
Hypixel is arguably the most popular Minecraft server since 2021. It broke the all-time Minecraft record in 2021, with a staggering 210,000 players online simultaneously.