Hellow Guys, Today was officially announced that Minecraft was sold to Microsoft for 2.5 Billions of dollars. In my option, Microsoft buying Minecraft was not really a stupid thing, but an interesting move for the big Microsoft.you like or not of Minecraft it is certainly one of the most successful games in the history. It is an extremely popular game with regularly shared with tons of views on Youtube. More than 54 million copies of Minecraft have been sold across PC, XBox360, PS3 and others. Minecraft changed the mind of an entire younger generation. Over the past, Notch tried made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft become too much for him to handle it. So his last option was sell Minecraft and now it was sold. Today Markus “Notch” Persson published one letter in his blog trying to explain about this decision:
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.”
Click HERE to read the letter in his blog.
ManyMicrosoft investor is calling for Microsoft to sell off its Xbox division and stop focus on gaming at all, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently. “Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year”, says Nadella. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise — it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”
So after all, what will happen with Minecraft now?
The true future of Minecraft in the hand of Microsoft is yet unknown, maybe we will play with Master Chieft in Minecraft? Maybe we will have DLCs with new contents for the game? I don’t think it will happen, but Microsoft say that plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms, including iOS, Android and Playstation, in addition to Xbox and PC”. Minecraft is not yet available to Windows Phone, so one great possibility is Microsoft to port the game to Windows Phone to try boost the sells. Another possibility is finally “port” the game to Occulus Rift, since the Facebook bought the Occulus Rift, Notch didn’t want to do that, and now in the hands of Microsoft it is a great possibility. And for last, not impossible, but less probable, Microsoft could bring some exclusive contents temporary or not for Minecraft in Windows devices, or Windows 8, or XBox version.