Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, is now officially a Microsoft company. After being announced in mid-September, the expected $2.5 billion deal has now gone through. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer made the acquisition official saying “today we welcome Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family. We're excited for the possibilities ahead with the Minecraft community.”
Mojang is being especially particular about ensuring confidence in the massive community of Minecraft gamers out there as well. “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 company said in a statement regarding the sale. “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 creator Markuss Persson, who said on Twitter back in 2012 it would take about $2 billion to get him to step away, got what he was asking for. But according to him, the sale has little to do with financial gain. Persson who will be leaving the company as part of the deal previously said “it’s not about the money, it’s about my sanity…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.”
For those of you that enjoy the blocky world on platforms outside of Microsoft’s, the company has previously said it will continue to support Minecraft on other platforms including Sony’s consoles and iOS.