Microsoft Buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

September 15, 2014

6:00 pm

It’s official: Microsoft has bought Mojang, the parent company behind Minecraft.

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:

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America’s Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He’s the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he’s off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing…or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach.

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