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Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2.5 Billion, Minecraft Creator Notch Leaves Company

Posted on the 16 September 2014 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

This marks the second video game related acquisition made withing less than 30 days, following the Amazon’s acquisition of video game streaming site Twitch. Despite the fact Microsoft is taking charge, Mojang’s major hit, Minecraft will remain to be available for all platforms including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Android and iOS.

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Creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson left a heartfelt letter to his fans regarding the acquisition and announcing his leave from the company.

“I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world,” Notch wrote on a blog post. “As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments.”

Notch appears to be disappointed in fans for thinking him as a symbol, which he repeatedly disagreed with throughout the blog post. He also gave a hint that he will never get involved in any big projects in the future.

[Via: Engadget / Microsoft / Notch]
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