Microsoft Has Officially Purchased Minecraft For $2.5 Billion USD
It has been confirmed on Mojang’s official site that Microsoft has bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion dollars. Founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson states he has grown tired of working for such a big organization. He and the other two co-founders, Jacob and Carl are leaving the company concluding this deal.
The official post on Mojang’s website states that, “Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. 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. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. 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.”
As mentioned on Mojang official site, support and development will continue for Minecraft on the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms. Minecraft will “continue to evolve” and it is predicted that most of Mojang’s staff will continue working there. “The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.”
Rumors of Microsoft purchasing Minecraft surfaced late last week and grew in speculation over the weekend. Minecraft launched in late 2011 on the PC. Since then it has been ported to iOS and Android devices, along with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Just recently Minecraft surfaced on the current-gen systems PlayStation 4 and Xbox 1. A PlayStation Vita version is due in the coming months. Since launch Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies.
……. Is this what is has boiled down too? I’m going to be honest here I’m not a fan of this. Minecraft in a way has almost become a household name. It’s EVERYWHERE! I feel as there is an elephant in the room and will say it. I don’t think this will sell more Xbox’s. And I do have concerns for the future of this franchise, it’s not going to take much for some developer to make a game similar, change a few things, improve and release on all platforms. $2.5 billion dollars could have been better spent on maybe getting Halo 5 out faster than two years after system launch or a new Gears of War game. I’m not a fan.
Patrick Garrity is an Associate Writer for Middle of Nowhere Gaming and a Jersey native, who loves video games and enjoys the industry. He loves rum and wants to be a pirate one day. Follow him on Twitter.