Seems the rumors were the truth: Minecraft has bought Minecraft Developer Mojang for $2.5 billion dollars.
The gossip has been going around for someday by now, and they were finally confirmed during the early morning of September 15th. According to a statement released by Mojang’s official website, Minecraft’s indie game developer studio based in Stockholm is being sold to Microsoft for a smooth 2.5 billion dollars! This website will tell you more about this deal.
This blog entry also tells people the reason why this decision was taken has to do with the fact that “Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance.” However, Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson has decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance and the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle.
In this way, the statement assures that “the only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that”.
What will happen to Minecraft?
Of course, our favorite game will still be running and at our reach for all of us to play in its world. The announcement says the following about this topic:
“Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development. We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been. Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests.”
Still, the question that has yet not been answered is how Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang will affect Minecraft.
All we know is that the other editions of Minecraft and their development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft will keep on flowing. This is because “Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.”
Phew, at least we have that for sure.
What will happen to the Mojang staff?
The only certain thing so far is that Mojang founders are leaving. Notch, Carl, and Jakob are moving on to other non-Minecraft-related projects.
As to the rest of the staff members (or Mojangstas as they like to call themselves), it has been said that the vast majority will continue to work at Mojang for the time being. Game Developer, Jens Bergensten has already assured through his twitter account that he is still at Mojang and that he is still the lead developer of Minecraft.
There is no doubt that the following months will meet players with plenty of changes and news related to our dear game Minecraft. To this, the Mojang team has some comforting words for those Minecraftians that fear for the game’s future