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What started as rumors last week has now been confirmed. Microsoft have bought the developer Mojang for $2.5 billion, making it one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of videogames. Of course the reason behind this is due to Mojang being the company that made Minecraft; who’s popularity over the last few years has been unbelievable. Also Markus Persson AKA Notch, the mastermind behind Minecraft has left the company as of today. So why has all this happened?
Notch has already released a personal letter to the fans of Minecraft explaining that he never intended the game to get so big and wants to go back to working on smaller projects. He will continue doing what he loves and hopes that Minecraft will continue going as strong as before. He ends the letter by saying “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”
Microsoft has already reassured some fan’s fears by confirming that game will still be available on all platforms for now and isn’t becoming exclusive to Xbox, yet. However now they own the IP and having spent an insane amount of cash, obviously publishing the game on many platforms is highly lucrative; a potential sequel exclusive to their own platforms could be enormous. They also confirmed that MINECON will continue next year. For now it seems Minecraft will continue forward as usual, but for how long?