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Microsoft Completes Purchase of Minecraft Developer Mojang

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And lo, did the Green Emperor pay a handsome ransom to the Voxel King for his wares, which did satisfy him. The merging of kingdoms was then a reality, as the Voxel King agreed to vacate his throne and move to other adventures, the Green Emperor taking his place. There was much worry and chagrin among the masses, but also hope, as a new and brighter future could be seen on the horizon for the world of Voxel.

To translate that overdramatic intro, the sale of Mojang to Microsoft is now complete, as announced both on the Xbox Wire and via a blog post on Mojang’s official website.

The Xbox Wire post celebrates the joining of Minecraft to the Microsoft family, calling it “an incredibly exciting day for our team” and that “the Minecraft team’s unique vision, creative energy and innovative mindset make them a perfect fit alongside our other global studios. Microsoft Studios includes 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, and Lionhead Studios just to name a few.” Microsoft is also quick to answer one of the most pressing questions about the sale:

“At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms,” Xbox head Phil Spencer says in the post. “Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.”

Over in Mojang land, the mood is a bit more somber, with words like “scary” being thrown around. Mojang’s site reveals the official price tag of Mojang in the sale — a cool $2.5 billion with a b — and that all three of Mojang’s founders, Notch, Carl, and Jakob, will be leaving the company.

“As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance,” the blog post reads. “Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.”

It’s interesting to see both sides of a giant merger like this written out in blog post form. On one hand you have Phil at Xbox who talks as if he’s just hit the jackpot, and why shouldn’t he? Minecraft has a regular on the best-selling Xbox Live games list since its 2012 release. On the other hand you have the hesitant excitement of Mojang, who is looking forward to the future but isn’t sure what it holds. We don’t know either, but you better believe we’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

Fingers crossed Mojang doesn’t go the way of Microsoft’s last major development acquisition, Rare.

Even under Microsoft, these crazy Minecraft Mods are still pretty cool.

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