Microsoft Buys Mojang for 2.5 billion

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Minecraft now owned by Microsoft.
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Minecraft now owned by Microsoft.

 

Recently Mojang ,the company behind Minecraft, has been sold to Microsoft for 2.5 billion, according to guardian.com.

The Swedish creators behind Minecraft (Markus “Notch” Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porser)   are also stepping down after the deal is finished, according to the Mojang website.

Mojang.com also states that Notch is  selling the company because, “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.”

“It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity,” stated Notch on notch.net.

“Minecraft has become a global phenomenon since its launch in 2009 as an incomplete ‘alpha’ project,” according to the guardian.com.  Since then, the game, which provides users with randomly generated environments in which to craft all manner of buildings, has sold over 50m copies on PC, smartphone and consoles,” added the source.

But fans of Minecraft and Mojang’s other games should not worry for the production of those games on various consoles will continue, according to guardian.com.

“Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development,” stated Microsoft. ” We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been,” Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests.”