Microsoft Officially Purchases Mojang

It seems that Reuters’ claims during this past weekend about Microsoft’s deal to purchase Mojang turned out be accurate, as the studio confirmed the acquisition on its website. Founder Marcus “Notch” Persson, and his two co-founders Carl and Jakob, influenced this move due to their growing tiredness of working on such a large organisation and product.

“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,” a statement reads. “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.”

Also, as has been reported, the current versions of Minecraft, (PC, PlayStation 3, Vita, PlayStation 4, iOS, Mac, Xbox 360, and Android) won’t be affected.

In addition, Games Industry reports that Microsoft expects to break even on its acquisition by the end of June, 2015.

“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”