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Hypixel was founded on April 14, 2013, by Simon Collins-Laflamme (also known as „hypixel“), and Philippe Touchette (also known as „Rezzus“). The two originally created Minecraft adventure maps and uploaded them to their YouTube channel. It was around this time when Hypixel created the Hypixel server to further showcase these maps. Minigames, originally created for users to play on while waiting for other players, soon gained popularity and became the server’s main focus, and efforts from Hypixel were put towards new server content instead of Minecraft maps.
On December 21, 2016, Hypixel reached 10 million unique players in total, and has 14.1 million as of 13 December 2018. As of September 15, 2015, Hypixel attracted 1.9 million players every month. According to a tweet, the server then reached 15 million unique logins in May 2019[non-primary source needed]Around April 2018, Hypixel started to use Cloudflare Spectrum as a DDoS protection after being the victim of attacks hosted by Mirai against the server.The server costs around $100,000 a month to maintain as of September 2015.