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Mojang Bought by Microsoft: Notch, Carl and Jakob Leaving

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After a bit of rumor and speculation, it’s finally been confirmed: Mojang bought by Microsoft. The development company behind the incredibly popular game Minecraft has been (or will be, I’m relatively unclear as to the difference after this official announcement) purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion (roughly a bit more than two-and-a-half Twitch.tv acquisitions).

The announcement was made official earlier today by Owen on the Mojang official website. Own took the time to answer some questions in the post such as “Why?” and “What’s going to change?” Fortunately, it appears that even though Microsoft will own the company, they can’t force Mojang to end support for Sony console editions of the games, so that’ll be a relief to many payers. As for other projects like Scrolls, those are up in the air and we’re all still waiting to hear from that.

One interesting development in this blog post is the announcement that founders Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving Mojang. Notch had previously recused himself from Minecraft development, putting Jens in charge of it. Notch, in the meantime, stayed at Mojang, but now that Microsoft is buying the game he stated on his website he is leaving the company to work on his own projects. “If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately,” he stated, ladder adding “Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big.” He finished off his post with “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”

It’s unfortunate to see Notch so burnt out after the popularity of his indie title. It’s not really a big stretch to say he helped change how we look at indie games, and he is an important figure in gaming in general. I wish him, Carl, and Jakob luck. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Mojang after the purchase and where they decide to take development.

What do you think of the buyout? Let us know in the comments below!

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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