Microsoft has acquired the developer behind the popular Minecraft game for a purported $2.5 billion dollars.
Microsoft confirmed their acquisition of Mojang studios after a week of rumors, with the buyout, the three founders of Mojang, Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser will be leaving the company. Microsoft also confirmed that they will continue release and support for minecraft on non-Microsoft platforms as well as continuing Minecraft’s tradition of innovation which made the game the hit that it is.
According to Owen Hill, one of the many people who worked on Minecraft for Mojang studios, the reason why Markus Persson decided to sell Mojang and Minecraft, the responsibility of owning a company that had gained such a global following that it made it increasingly difficult for Persson to work on any smaller projects. The reason behind going with Microsoft was due to the belief that Microsoft had the resources needed for Minecraft to continue its growth.
Minecraft has sold over 100 million copies on PC alone and has been ported to various other platforms including the PS4, XboxOne, IOS and Android.