Microsoft has officially purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 Billion, with the creator Markus 'Notch' Persson exiting the company.
In what some would think is either genius or idiotic, Microsoft through down a check of astronomical proportions to acquire the rights to the franchise including merchandise. In a report by Games Industry, Microsoft's press release states "expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis." In other words, they foresee themselves breaking even as early as summer 2015.
"Minecraft is more than a great game franchise," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, "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."
Upon selling the company and rights, even bigger news came as creators Notch, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porsér all decided to take their money elsewhere. In a blog post on his site, Notch said, "I don't see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it's fun." He continued, "It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity."
For those wondering about the PS Vita version of the game still floating in the ether, it is still a thing so now Microsoft is likely putting a product out on a Sony platform.
The massively explosive hit game in which players build and break down blocks while fighting off creepers and other block shapes has made billions of dollars since its inception in 2011. It took on a much larger, global life than Notch wants to deal with any further.
It's not about the money to him, but I bet it sure nudged things along.