Popular game Minecraft maker Mojang now became a Microsoft entity after a deal of 2.5 billion USD. Of lately, Microsoft has been investing heavily in talent across several fields of technology, be it Nokia in the mobile phone domain or now Mojang in the gaming domain. The nuances of the deal are expected to be culminated soon; but the founder and 71 percent shareholder of Mojang, Markus Persson, would be leaving his company as soon as the finer aspects of the deal gets finalised.
How does Microsoft – Minecraft deal come more as a relief rather than achievement for Markus Persson?
Markus Persson, nicknamed as ‘Notch’ by tech and gaming enthusiasts around the globe, has been in the news for quite some time now, particularly for turning averse to his own company which created the gaming sensation Minecraft. Certain turn of events has made Markus Persson announce publicly how his creation Mojang has transformed into a frustrating liability rather than something which he once proudly associated himself with. After selling Mojang to Microsoft, something which any and every game maker would consider as a triumphant success, Markus Persson said in a blog post that the deal is more about his sanity and not about the pecuniary benefit which the deal brought.
Minecraft maker Mojang became a source of grief for ‘Notch’ Persson after a turn of events wherein Persson found himself at the receiving end of user anger. The supposed revision of End User License Agreement of Mojang has sparked user anger across the internet including Google’s video sharing platform, YouTube. Persson reportedly was deeply affected by this public dissonance especially after watching ‘This is Phil Fish’ video on YouTube; which he expressed in a tweet by asking someone to buy his share in his own company so that he can ‘move on with his life’.
What will Markus ‘Notch’ Persson do after selling Minecraft?
Persson said in a farewell post that, post his retirement from Mojang, he plans on making entries to a game making contest, Ludum Dares. Further, ‘Notch’ Persson also plans to conduct some web based experiments as well. However, Markus Persson has also put forward a promise in his retirement post that he would leave any of its creation as soon as it gains popularity in order to avoid an encore of recent events associated with Mojang’s Minecraft.