Despite some initial tensions between Microsoft and Mojang’s leader, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the tech giant actually went and acquired the Mincecraft developer to the tune of $2.5 billion. But Notch isn’t sticking around for the after party!
In a recent blogpost at mojang.com, when asked what will be happening to the Mojang staff, Owen and Lydia stated,
Though it’s too early to confirm which of us will continue working on Minecraft or other projects, we predict that the vast majority (if not all) Mojangstas will continue to work at Mojang for the time being.
The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.
Queries regarding current Mojang projects like Scrolls, the future of Minecraft and the fate of non-Microsoft versions of the game go unanswered, but the post is as extensive as can be expected at this stage.
Given it’s the third best-selling game of all time, the motivation behind Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, or more precisely, its development house, are obvious. But what the future holds for everyone’s NEW favourite brick builder toy is anyone’s guess.