Well, it’s official. Microsoft are buying Mojang, the company behind Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. The games creator, Notch has previously heckled companies who’ve “sold out” to big boys and at one point cancelled a cooperation with Oculus Rift for selling to Facebook, making this deal all the most fascinating.
We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014
Unsuprisingly, the founders of the company will not be joining Microsoft and it’s still unclear how much of the team will be moving over to the new owner.
Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, by players since its launch in 2009.
This doesn’t come as a surprise for most people since rumours of this acquisition have been swirling around for a while now. In their blog post explaining why they sold, Mojang say Minecraft simply became too big to handle:
“[Notch] decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.”
More news to come.