Minecraft developer Mojang has been bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. The rumor had been circulating for the past week that Microsoft would be acquiring them and finally Monday, Sept. 15, Microsoft’s head, Phil Spencer, confirmed the rumors.
Phil Spencer wrote on the Xbox Newswire, “Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world.” He also assured fans of the series, “We plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms — including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.”
Also, on Mojang’s own official site they shared more details about the acquisition.
"Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance," it reads. "Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. He’s 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."
Notch himself wrote about his decision to move on after the deal is complete on his own personal blog.
"I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter," he wrote. "As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change."
With a huge gaming fan base that has toppled 100 million downloads on PC alone, Minecraft has grown to be one of the most successful indie games of all time. Joining with Microsoft should only solidify and help Mojang grow over the long run in both gaming and other areas.
Microsoft is expecting the regulatory approval to acquire Mojang to be received by the end of 2014.