Minecraft acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion
Microsoft steps in to buy Mojang.
Microsoft has finalised their acquisition of Mincraft creators Mojang in a $2.5bn deal.
Mojang made a statement on their own website to confirm the acquisition, assuring fans of the series that everything is going to be just fine for Minecraft in the future.
"Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It's going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK," the Mojang statement told fans. "Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you - the community - are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be 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.
"As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. 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. The only option was to sell Mojang. He'll continue to do cool stuff though. Don't worry about that.
"There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We've worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We're confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way."
Microsoft's Phil Spencer has vowed that Minecraft will still be made available on PlayStation and iOS following the deal, telling fans of the series that Minecraft will help MS reach gamers on multiple platforms.
"At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people," he said. "Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise.
"That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms - including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC."
Markus "Notch" Persson stated on his website that the decision to sell Minecraft was made due to the great growth the game has seen, as well as the influence it has had over the gaming industry - something he never intended for when creating the game for fun some years ago.
"I don't see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it's
fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don't make
games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to
change the world," he said in his post-acquisition post.
"I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can't be responsible for something this big. 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.
"It's not about the money. It's about my sanity."
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