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Old 11th September 2014, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Say it isn't so Notch.

But it appears that it is.
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Old 11th September 2014, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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While this is certainly a possibility, I've not seen anything other than everyone repeating the same WSJ article that only says the information came from 'someone familiar with the matter'.

Keep in mind that 'someone familiar with the matter' is the same person that told the WSJ that Google was buying Twitch. Their track record for this sort of thing isn't great.
We'll have to wait for something more than rumor.

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Old 12th September 2014, 01:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It doesn't seem completely impossible though. I think Notch is tired of Minecraft, he just wants to get away from it. And when you think of it, Mojang is not a game developer anymore, they are a support company for Minecraft. Not the sort of environment Notch is happy in.

And while Microsoft certainly could mess upp Minecraft, I don't think the fans would allow it, there would just appear a "clone" if they tried anything.
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Old 12th September 2014, 01:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I did grant that it was a possibility. I'm just not fond of rumour-mongering or getting worked up over what is effectively pure speculation.

Plenty of time to get worked up when an official announcement is made.
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Old 16th September 2014, 12:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It is so:

Simoroth comments on Yes, we?re being bought by Microsoft [Mojang confirmation]

I predict that Notch creates a new company with Jakob and Carl named "Grunka"
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Old 16th September 2014, 12:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, that's that, then.
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Old 16th September 2014, 12:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Statement from Notch:

I’m leaving Mojang


September 15th, 2014
I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.
A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, I’ve had so much fun with work. I wasn’t exactly sure how I fit into Mojang where people did actual work, but since people said I was important for the culture, I stayed.
I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. 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.
As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.
Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I don’t expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I won’t feel a responsibility to read them.
I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.
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.
It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.
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Old 16th September 2014, 01:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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the deal is done microsoft owns minecraft
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Old 16th September 2014, 07:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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the deal is done microsoft owns minecraft
well technically it's not done til the end of the year, alot of negotiation is to happen, but the deal is agreed to....

it might not be that bad,
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Old 16th September 2014, 07:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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There's a good chance it will all be fine. If Microsoft is going to spend $2.5 Bn, they're not going to risk losing the revenue stream from any of the versions of Minecraft out there. I'm betting they do as little to disturb it as possible.

Then again, I could be wrong and they could screw everything up completely. I just think it's unlikely.

(Please note: I'm no Microsoft fan. There's a lot not to like about them. I just also don't see them as some horrible super-villan.)
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