IN A RATHER weird turn of events, although considering the global sensation Minecraft has become it certainly isn’t all that surprising, Microsoft have bought Mojang.
The reasoning, according to Mojang’s Owen Hill, is that “the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for [Notch] to handle” so he felt that the only option was to sell Minecraft. Why Microsoft in particular (apart from the fact that they probably have the biggest wallet in the games industry right now)? Well “[Mojang have] worked closely with Microsoft” and they are confident that “Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.”
Fear not dear readers, despite Minecraft now being owned by ‘The Man’ Owen Hill is confident that “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” for the foreseeable future.
If that wasn’t enough, the founders of Mojang: Markus “Notch” Persson, Jakob Porsér & Carl Manneh are leaving. Notch says that, for him “it isn’t about money, it is about my sanity.”
Exciting times ahead for Mojang and Minecraft! I wonder how Microsoft’s influence will effect where the company and the game go from here. Specifically, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Playstation 3 and 4, Vita, Android and iOS editions of Minecraft will be despite Hill saying that development and support will continue. I really doubt that Microsoft want to support their competitors.