It’s official. Mojang:
As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. Heâ€™s decided that he doesnâ€™t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years heâ€™s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. Heâ€™ll continue to do cool stuff though. Donâ€™t worry about that.
There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. Weâ€™ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. Weâ€™re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.
Markus Persson, known as Notch and maker of Minecraft, is leaving after Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang is complete:
Iâ€™ve become a symbol. I donâ€™t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I donâ€™t understand, that I donâ€™t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. Iâ€™m not an entrepreneur. Iâ€™m not a CEO. Iâ€™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.
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 canâ€™t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, itâ€™s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.
Itâ€™s not about the money. Itâ€™s about my sanity.
Carl and Jakob are leaving too.