September 15, 2014
It’s official: Microsoft has bought Mojang, the parent company behind Minecraft.
— Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) September 15, 2014
Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, and its partner games Cobalt and Scrolls, today announced that Microsoft will be taking over control of one of the most popular games of the last decade. They want everybody to know first and foremost that, while change is scary, this acquisition is for the best and everything will be all good.
“We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach,” reads the Mojang blog post confirming the announcement. “We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.”
The amount of money that Microsoft shelled out to acquire Mojang and Minecraft is astronomical, ringing in at $2.5 billion. The team at Mojang decided to sell for a number of reasons, though, the biggest ones being that Notch – the creator of Minecraft – doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance.
Offering reassurance, Mojang insists that “Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development”. There’s been a lot of speculation around thoughts of how Microsoft will manage, or mismanage, the Minecraft community, but for the most part fans seem to be excited about the future.
For the Mojang employees it’s a mixed bag of emotions. Here’s what they had to say about the sale:
Hooray! I'm being sold!
— Bomb Boy (@bomuboi) September 15, 2014
Lots of people asking what this means for me personally. Thank you all for your concern <3 I will remain at Mojang for now & see how it goes
— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) September 15, 2014
Please be kind to the Mojangstas. The founders made this decision, so we have a lot of emotions going on too 🙂
— Lydia (@LydiaWinters) September 15, 2014
Minecraft has turned millions of players into creators instead of consumers. That's worth $2 billion easily.
— Matthias Worch (@mworch) September 15, 2014
Here's the official MS video! Interesting quote at 1:36. 😉 http://t.co/bxGhyxfP1e
— Owen Hill (@Bopogamel) September 15, 2014
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