The creator of Minecraft has categorically said that the download of the game is now the personal property of Microsoft. And Microsoft bought it from him for $2.5 billion.
The creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson has said that the whole deal of selling off Minecraft to Microsoft was not about the cash, it was about his normalcy.
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Microsoft took hold of Mojang which was Notch’s company for a whopping $2.5 billion. This is the same enterprise responsible for Minecraft, which is a game that allows the users to create their very own virtual worlds.
Many of the fans of Persson have criticized him for having sold out as an artist. But the facts of the matter are a little different. The thing is that Persson is pretty damned sick and tired of the whole deal of heading the independent programming and designing community.
"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," Persson wrote in his blog (via Wired).
Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.— Markus Persson (@notch) June 17, 2014
He said that he was not an icon nor did he want to become a prophet or magician for some quasi-autonomous creed. He was just one big nerd and geek who liked to post 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,"," Persson added.
And that was all. Persson never wanted to spearhead a mass movement and in fact he wouldn’t dream of doing so. Persson has gone on to say that he will probably take the cash and let the credit go.
In other words, he will be moving on in life and abandoning his company. What he really plans on doing is some fresh web experimentation. And if any one of his experiments on a small level gets blown way out of proportion, he will immediately abandon it too and head out for greener pastures.
Persson admitted that he never thought he would one day be responsible for something so big. It was the enormity of the task that caused him to forgo taking it seriously. So much responsibility could become quite a burden after all.
"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,"Persson wrote.
"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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Meanwhile, there are many who fear that Minecraft will wither away under the careless direction of Microsoft. However, many also say that such fears are unfounded and that the gaming platform will prosper and flourish under the aegis of Bill Gates’ brainchild organization.