We wrote last week about the potential for a deal between Microsoft and Mojang, the company behind the sensational Minecraft. The deal was finalized yesterday and has Microsoft paying $2.5 billion dollars to acquire the company while three key executives, including Markus “notch” Persson, leave the company.
The internet has been abuzz for the last twenty-four hours while the news, and in depth analysis of it, swept across blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook walls. I felt that the best place to get some REAL reactions was to go to the source. I sat my eight year old sone down and broke the news to him.
“Son, Microsoft bought Minecraft!”
At first, he was silent, but then he let out a cry of concern, “But, Dad… we play on a Mac. Are they going to take Minecraft away?”
This is a fair concern. Many people were convinced while the sale was just a rumor that Microsoft would purchase the company and immediately cut off development and support for all non-Microsoft products. But, I was able to give him good news.
Microsoft announced as part of the press release that they plan to continue supporting Minecraft on all of the services where it is currently available. We don’t know if those console manufacturer’s will do the same (The jury is out on whether or not Sony will allow a competitor to own a game for their consoles.)
The short term future of Minecraft is up in the air right now. We don’t know everything that will change within the next year or so. But, one thing is absolutely sure: Mojang will be putting work into Minecraft 2 much sooner than they had originally planned.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments.