Microsoft has just announced that they have purchased the Minecraft creator Mojang for $2.5bn.
As rumoured the company announced the news earlier today, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer stating that the company will continue to make the game available across a variety of platforms including PC, Xbox, iOS, Android and PlayStation.
“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,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, via the official blog.
“The Minecraft team’s unique vision, creative energy and innovative mindset make them a perfect fit alongside our other global studios.”
However after the sale is completed they will not be keeping a few of the current Minecraft staff members including the Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, as well as his fellow Mojang co-founders, who will all exit the company.
The current Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten has however confirmed that he will remain in the role.
Mojang explained the buyout in the following statement:
“Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance … it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.”
“There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.”