Microsoft has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion.
Microsoft has confirmed that Mojang and Minecraft will join its ranks, however, it will continue
to offer the game across iOS, Android and PlayStation as well as on Xbox and PC The
company announced today. Microsoft claims that they initially talked about bringing the game
to Xbox but then they noticed their huge growth and decided to purchase them to "diversify
its games portfolio."
The team announced that Markus "Notch" Persson and Carl Manneh, founders of Mojang,
have quit Mojang following the acquisition. Mojang's official website confirmed that the
purchase price was $2.5 billion. The Mojang community team said that Notch refused to
control such a large company and preferred to focus on smaller projects. The decision to sell
was made to let Minecraft continue to grow while allowing the founding team to pursue their
Mojang isn't giving any assurances as to the future plans for Minecraft however, it said that it
will continue its business as normal. Microsoft states that it "respect[sMinecraft's brand and
its unique spirit" and will continue to work on projects such as MINECON which is an annual
event focused on the game created by Mojang in 2010.
The reaction of the community to this news is likely to be mixed. Minecraft fans who have
been playing the game since its beginning will likely be skeptical of the new owners.
However, the logic behind the purchase is solid. We'll have the opportunity to see if Notch
will be able to repeat the feat and also the next generation of Lego counterparts.
I'm just here to blog
Here are Notch's thoughts on the deal and his decision to quit the company he built. This is
from his blog, which was been down since the time the writing was done. :
I'm leaving Mojang
It was a long time ago that I made the decision to quit Minecraft development. Jens was the
perfect person to take over the helm of it, and I was keen to try to do new things. While I tried
to make it a big initially