Here’s some news that gamers probably didn’t want to hear.
It’s been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft is on the verge of purchasing Notch’s Minecraft IP for over 2 billion dollars. Both representatives of Mircosoft and Mojang AB, the Swedish software company behind Minecraft have opted to not comment on the potential deal.
What does this mean for the future of Minecraft? Markus Alexej “Notch” Persson, the head of Mojang has historically kept away from the major developers, espousing more of a indie sensibility. Earlier this year, a version of the reality building game planned for Oculus Rift , the virtual reality company was scrapped after Facebook bought out the VR firm.
Is Notch hypocritical for selling to a major company? Or has Minecraft gone so far into the mainstream, that letting it go is the only way for him to continue to develop with the indie spirit that he is famous for?
Stayed tuned for more information.
Source: The Wall Street Journal