Over a decade after its original release, Minecraft remains one of the most popular games ever made. A game that encourages endless creativity, Minecraft lets users create and shape their own worlds, something they can do with friends and family while playing online. With Minecraft appearing on multiple platforms – including PC, home consoles, smartphones and tablets – deciding which version is right for you can be a bit confusing. Minecraft Java Edition for PC only is definitely the go-to version for hardcore fans, but buying it for your kid might not be as easy as it looks, especially if you’re transferring money to the using a family account.
Judging from the message boards, many parents have made the same costly mistake when trying to buy Java Edition for their child.
The important thing to remember is that Minecraft Java Edition is only available for purchase on the official sitewhere it currently costs £17.95.
Importantly, you can only purchase a copy of Minecraft Java Edition using a credit or debit card, not Microsoft account credit.
Adding credit to your child’s account will not be enough. Instead, parents will either have to hand over their credit card details to their child or make the purchase on their child’s behalf.
“Unfortunately, it is not possible to use your Microsoft account balance to purchase this version of the game, you will have to pay with another payment method,” Microsoft explains.
It’s a bit confusing, and we’re not sure exactly why this restriction is in place, especially since Microsoft owns the property.
Other parents apparently agree, flooding the Microsoft message board with complaints.
“Really Microsoft Account Balance Method is like a scam,” writes one parent. “You’re transferring money from a parent account to allow a child account to responsibly ‘buy apps’ – apps owned by Microsoft – and now the balance is useless because, wait, you can’t. use. Total waste of money!”
Another post: “This is exactly what happened to me! I transferred money from my Paypal to my child’s Microsoft account for this, and now the money is locked there? Unbelievable! How can I get my money back?”
To add insult to injury, you can’t even get a refund or transfer credit from your child’s account to yours.
“Microsoft account balance and gift cards are not transferable or refundable,” reads a Microsoft FAQ.
Express Online has contacted Microsoft for comment and will update this article once the company makes a statement.