• UK supercomputing startup Hadean has clinched a partnership with Minecraft for its spatial simulation engine the Aether Engine.
  • The deal was sealed after a Minecraft developer used the Aether Engine to bump Minecraft’s usual maximum player limit up from 99 to over 1,000.
  • Hadean CEO Craig Beddis told Business Insider he was extremely proud to have Minecraft — the world’s biggest video game — as the ever first paying customer for the Aether Engine.
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Minecraft has signed a deal with UK supercomputing startup Hadean to use its powerful spatial simulation engine to massively expand how many people can play together in Minecraft at once.

Hadean announced the partnership on Tuesday, which was sealed after a Minecraft developer was able to up the game’s usual maximum player limit from 99 to 1,024 using Hadean’s Aether Engine.

“Hadean’s Aether Engine is a game-changer that opens

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(Bloomberg Businessweek) — When Ruth C. Kinney Elementary in Islip Terrace, N.Y., went into lockdown in March, librarian Bianca Rivera feared she wouldn’t be able to connect with students who’d typically come in for activities. But she soon thought of a place where she might find them: the virtual worlds of Roblox, a website where kids chat, play games, and learn new skills. Several times a week, Rivera and dozens of 8- to 11-year-olds logged on to play games such as Piggy But It’s 100 Players (the point is to fend off a petulant porker) and Adopt Me! (they care for virtual pets). Rivera fretted that parents would rebel against yet more time spent online, but they were grateful, and this fall she’s planning to use Roblox to teach animation. “It was a way to talk to the kids,” she says. “It just helped us connect and stay together.”



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