Rumoured last week, Microsoft has now confirmed that they have purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion. The game’s creator and Mojang’s majority shareholder, Markus “Notch” Perrson, will be leaving the company. Fellow Mojang co-founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér are also leaving. As for the remaining Mojang staff, they will continue to work at the company for the foreseeable future.
Insofar as the game and the community goes, Mojang says that they’re unsure what Microsoft’s plans are, but they see no benefit for anyone in Microsoft stopping things like mods, builds and videos. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer echoed this sentiment in a video we’ve embedded after the jump. Minecraft will also continue to be available on other platforms, although Mojang does admit that Microsoft has no control over what other companies wish to offer. The subtext of that reads: if Sony decided to pull Minecraft from their platforms, that would be entirely Sony’s call. That is rather unlikely however.
As for Notch, he’s off to work on smaller projects. In a heartfelt goodbye post over on his website, Notch states that he never intended for Minecraft to be this huge. He also admits that Internet hatred has played a large role in his decision to step away from any type of continued public existence; he linked to this video analysis of Phil Fish’s rise and fall as a catalyst in his decision to leave the public light.
Once the deal is done and over, Notch plans to return to Ludum Dares and smaller projects. He states categorically, however, that if he once again creates “something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately”.
What this deal means for the future of Minecraft remains to be seen. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, discussed the acquisition in a video interview that Microsoft released late last night. You can give it a watch below. Once you’re done, head over to Notch’s post to read his full statement on the acquisition.