Microsoft buys Minecraft, Notch walks away

 

Microsoft will hope Minecraft can provide a boost to its mobile platform

Microsoft will hope Minecraft can provide a boost to its mobile platform

Microsoft has bought Mojang – the Swedish firm behind the hit game Minecraft – for $2.5bn.

However the man most associated with the title - Markus Persson (aka Notch) – has announced that he is to leave the firm once the deal is complete.

In a statement on Microsoft’s website, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said Minecraft would continue to be available on non-Microsoft platforms, including Sony’s Playstation, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

He also said the firm would respect the “brand and independent spirit that has made Minecraft great”, while also allowing it to better tap in to Microsoft services like Xbox Live.

Minecraft has around 100m users, and has developed a loyal community of fans and followers.

But the game will have to continue without its founder Notch, who plans to leave once Microsoft has taken control.

In a post on his website, he said he did not see himself as a games developer or entrepreneur and had decided to focus on his game-making competition Ludum Dares and “small web experiments”.

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