With the game becoming as big as it has done over the last decade there have been hundreds of hosting providers of past and present that either deliver high-quality services or awful services that someone could pay you enough to use daily. The goal with this page is to highlight a few trustworthy names in the Industry that meet the following criteria.
- Deliver to audiences at scale
- Developed an overall positive reputation
- Modernises hardware when required
- Respectable end product for the price paid
It should be made clear that none of the references below are sponsored.
If you don't know what kind of hosting you need, it's recommended to checkout the following article here to understand the different available platforms.
Apex is definitely not the cheapest name on this list however they're a provider heavily tailored to the inexperienced with 24/7 'hand-holding support', provide the most points of presence globally and utilise modest 5800x based CPUs.
- Locations: Dallas, Frankfurt, Gravelines, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Portland, San Jose, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Vint Hill, Warsaw
- Priced at $4.99/GB
Unparalleled price to performance with dedicated resources on high-end AMD Ryzen hardware and a bespoke customised version of the Pterodactyl panel. Bloom is also now a provider in the VPS and managed server solutions space across multiple regions.
- Locations: Ashburn, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Falkenstein, Singapore (Performance+ plans only)
- Essentials MC 4GB: $10/month
- Performance MC 8GB: $18/month
- Performance+ MC 8GB: $24/month
EnviroMC is a quality Minecraft service provider that focuses on both the budget and high-end requirements of their customers, as of Sept. 19th 2022 URHOST clients will be absorbed into EnviroMC as part of a takeover agreement. EnviroMC also provides a VPS solution across the US, Europe and Asia.
- Locations: Falkenstein, New York, Singapore, Warsaw (VPS Only)
- Budget: $1/GB/month
- Premium: $2.50/GB/month
- Dedicated: See website for pricing
It would be impossible to create a provider list and not include Hetzner, they currently stand as the German kings when it comes to high-end hardware at an ultra affordable price point. If you're running a large enough solution and just looking for the bare metal to run it on they should be food for thought.
- Locations: Ashburn (VPS Only), Falkenstein, Helsinki, Nuremberg (VPS Only), Vint Hill (VPS Only)
- Cloud Starting: €3.79/month
- Dedicated Starting: €37/month
OVH, much like Hetzner, is a compute only provider meaning they specialise in Cloud services and Metal (the platform we use for Labs)
- Locations: Beauharnois, Frankfurt, Gravelines, London, Roubaix, Singapore, Strasbourg, Sydney, Vint Hill, Warsaw
- Cloud Starting: $3.50/month
- Dedicated Starting: $56/month
The hosting division of Senior Studios who are a Minecraft Marketplace partner, have worked with multiple high-profile YouTube Minecraft content creators.
- Locations: London, New York
- Priced at $2.50/GB
A budget hosting provider with a global reach and an entry price point of 1$/GB utilising a range of both Ryzen and Xeon grade processors.
- Locations: Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Singapore, Sydney
- Budget: $1/GB/month
- Premium: $2/GB/month
Yes, there are other great providers that haven't made our list for one reason or another - if you do decide to venture out and search for other providers some things we'd recommend you looking out for are
Avoid These Things
- Don't use a host that makes you pay with a 'per-player slot' model - This is awfully dated and you should focus on resource based pricing instead.
- Don't use Mojang (Microsoft) Realms - This is an Azure backed platform designed for bedrock but also has Java presence, in the long run you will not have an enjoyable experience.
- Don't use a host that appears on a 'drama site' / forum - Hosts that make these lists tend to be awfully run and you'll have a bad time with them.
Look For These Things
- Do your own research, check the companies TrustPilot reviews etc to get an understanding of how the customers feel.
- Look for hosts that advertise hardware components and don't make you dig through pages of docs to get the information.
- Check the providers status page for a better understanding of reliability