Minecraft creators bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion
Mojang, the studio behind popular block based sandbox, Minecraft has today confirmed that they have being bought by Microsoft $2.5 billion. Following the purchase all, three founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving the studio.
The announcement was confirmed by Owen Hill of Mojang who wrote a short FAQ on Mojang’s website about the sale of the company.
The FAQ gave the following reason for why Minecraft was sold:
Why did you sell Minecraft?
Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.
As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.
There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.
Minecraft means many different things to millions of people across the world, and to each and every Mojangsta. We feel that this is the best way for everyone – you guys included – to benefit.
The FAQ also explained that versions of Minecraft on non-Microsoft platforms will continue to be supported, and that “The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.”
It will be interesting to see what will happen to Mojang now that Microsoft has acquired them. Will Mojang be allowed to continue work on their own unreleased projects such as Scrolls or will Microsoft tell them to just stick to developing Minecraft and tell them to make exclusive content for Xbox versions of the game.
Mojang founder, Markus “Notch” Persson explained on his own website that the reason why he is leaving Mojang following the sale of the studio to Microsoft is for his sanity, “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”