And it has just been confirmed. Mojang has been bought by Microsoft. As Mojang revealed, Microsoft has bought them for 2.5 billion dollars. Obviously that’s a lot of money, however we find it ironic that Notch – the person that cancelled the Oculus Rift version of Minecraft the moment it has been bought by Facebook – has given the green light to such a thing. Or in other words, better watch out what you say because your own statements may come back to bite you.
As Mojang claimed:
“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.”
From the looks of it, Notch will start another smaller company and continue developing indie titles. Or at least that’s our guess. Still, Mojang’s excuse sounds a lot like… you know… the typical PR stuff we hear from time to time.
Do not misunderstand us; Notch had every right to sell his company. Notch had every right to cancel the Oculus Rift version of his game as… it was his game. Notch has every right to take vacations and enjoy the “fruits” of his accomplishment.
However, imagine this hypothetical scenario. How would you feel if one day we sold DSOG (for a respectable amount of money) with the excuse of it getting relatively big? And what if we told you that afterwards we were going to create a new smaller one? Would you still trust us, and follow us? Or would you feel, somehow, betrayed?
For those interested, here are Notch’s thoughts.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more!