We had earlier reported on a possible acquisition of Mojang, the Studio behind Minecraft, by Microsoft.
It seems those rumors were true, as Microsoft has officially announced that it is buying Mojang for 2.5 Billion Dollars. But a key part of Mojang will not come about with Microsoft, and that is its founders.
Mojang’s founders. including the ever popular Marcus “Notch” Peterson will be leaving. Notch’s distaste for Microsoft is well known, due to his comments criticizing Windows. Which is why this acquisition is surprising.
Notch knows this, and has written a Post on why he sold Mojang to Microsoft. There, he outlines that the main reason was not Money, but sanity. Minecraft was too big for him to take on, and he wasn’t able to concentrate on his other Projects. Which is why, he sold Mojang.
“I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.”
“It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity”
Microsoft says that Minecraft will remain available on all platforms. We may see a Windows Phone Minecraft too soon, now that Microsoft owns the Studio.
We still worry that the corporate nature of Microsoft will tarnish the indie essence of Minecraft.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft acquiring Mojang? Do you think Microsoft will change MInecraft, and if yes, how will it change it?