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article imageMinecraft maker Mojang bought for $2.5 billion by Microsoft

By Kris Coombes     Sep 15, 2014 in Entertainment
Technology giants Microsoft completed the purchase of Swedish game developers Mojang, famous for giving the world Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.
There had been talks last week that Mojang would be sold for $2m, but the fee seems to have risen since then after further negotiations.
Mojang is famous for its premier title Minecraft, a sandbox game released at Alpha stage in 2009, whereby you build structures using blocks collected from expansive maps, and has more recently gained popularity for its multiplayer capabilities, with games such as Race for the Wool and The Walls being played worldwide. Another reason that it remains so popular despite being five years old is that the community help drive forward its development, creating mods and maps for other users to add to their version of the game, meaning that Minecraft can be tailored to each gamers' needs.
The deal was announced by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, stating "we’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come."
Also in the statement was an intent to continue the development of Minecraft, and have announced that it will remain on all current non-Microsoft platforms, such as Playstation, Android, and iOS devices. Additionally, the annual Minecraft convention MINECON is set to continue.
The deal will also see the founders of Mojang leave the company. Key figurehead Markus 'Notch' Persson released an open letter to the public, explaining some of the reasons for the sale of Mojang. He believes that Microsoft are right to take the company forward and thanked the fans of the game for making it as big as it now is, but cited personal reasons for the sale.
"I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
Previously, he had been critical of Microsoft, saying that there is no market for app development for Windows phones.
Despite all of Microsoft's promises, fans of the game are very skeptical of the idea of a big corporation owning the once independent, community driven company. One user on a leading Minecraft forum commented, “I expect that all the updates, the Mod API, and such will be available for 19.95 a month now,” in reference to Microsoft's use of paid subscription serviced and overpriced DLC which has marred popular titles such as the Forza series.
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