After days of speculation, Minecraft creators Mojang have today confirmed that the studio is being sold to Microsoft for $2.5bn.
In a post on the developer’s official website, a Mojang spokesman suggested that the pressure of handling a “company of such global significance” had become too much for Minecraft creator and majority shareholder Markuss Persson, who is set to leave the company along with fellow founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser.
The spokesman sought to reassure fans of the phenomenally popular sandbox game that development on non-Microsoft platforms would continue unaffected. The statement, which reads: “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,” has since been confirmed by Microsoft themselves.
The Swedish development firm was founded in 2009, and made over $100 million in profit last year alone following the astonishing success of Minecraft across a number of platforms. When the deal officially completes, which is expected to be before the end of the year, Mojang will become an official part of Microsoft Studios.
In his own statement, Persson wrote: “I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter. As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments.
“If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.”