Microsoft Buys Minecraft – Founders Leave Company

Today Microsoft has acquired Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, after a few weeks of rumors have been going around about the acquisition.

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Microsoft says it has paid the gaming company $2.5 million dollars – a figure which falls in line with earlier estimates that have been made. And with this deal, the founders of Minecraft are departing the company, according to a press release from Stockholm-based Mojang.

According to Microsoft, Minecraft “is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, by players since its launch in 2009…Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.”

This is what one of the founders had to say about leaving the company: “I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.”

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