As expected, Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft creators Mojang has been confirmed.
The deal is worth $2.5bn and will result in the departure of the company's three founders – Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser.
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,” a Mojang statement said. 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.”
Despite the assuring messaging about the future of Minecraft, however, somewhat less committal is the language regarding non-Microsoft versions of the game.
There's no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop,” the company added.
Of course, Microsoft can't make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future. We're extremely proud of all editions and the awesome things you have achieved through playing together.”