The service gives Minecraft players the opportunity to pay a subscription fee for Mojang to host a private server for a small group of people, like family and friends — as many as 20 individuals. Minecraft Realms servers are available 24/7, and owners have the ability to roll back the world to an earlier restore point in the case of a catastrophe. Subscriptions start at $13 per month, and the service is currently available only for the Windows PC version of Minecraft.
Mojang debuted Minecraft Realms in Sweden last December. With today's launch in North America, it is now available in the Åland Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K., the United Arab Emirates and the U.S.
For more on Minecraft Realms, check out our report from last year.