Twilight of the Mods

The recent Minecraft patch is sending modders scrambling following a clarification from Mojang regarding mods which include code from the game.

While the arguments rage across Twitter, IRC chatrooms and internet forums, the focus is now on modders to see who will step up to the task. The modding community has been in turmoil for the past few months: the competition heating up between rival mod platforms Feed The Beast and Technic seems set to escalate, while at the same time the most popular mods (IndustrialCraft 2, Redpower 2, and Buildcraft) are each bogged down, their developers dealing with their own problems. In the background looms the biggest unresolved questions: mod licensing and advertising money.

The stage is set for a massive upheaval in the mod community similar to the one that saw the Forge API split from Bukkit.