Microsoft have announced today that they have purchased the makers of the hugely popular game Minecraft, Mojang, for $2.5 Billion.

It was also announced the co-founders of Mojang, Markus Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porsér, will be leaving the company as part of Microsoft acquiring Mojang. Upon completion of the deal, Mojang had this to say on their website:

“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.”

With Microsoft’s purchase of the company, there were worries that Playstation versions of the game could be scrapped. However Mojang has also reassured fans that they will continue to support the game on other platforms:

“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. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.”

Phil Spencer and Microsoft also added:

“Minecraft is one of the most popular franchises of all time. We are going to maintain ‘Minecraft’ and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.”



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