Updated 09:33 PM EST, Tue, Dec 01, 2020

'Minecraft' Devs for Sale? Microsoft Rumored to Buy Mojang

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In June, Mojang employee Patrick Geuder Saga tweeted how the LEGO-inspired game "Minecraft" took 54 million sales in all its gaming platforms. An indie game developer studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, Mojang has developed the title.

Today, Mojang is alleged to be bought by software giant Microsoft. According to BBC, the game studio might cost more than $2 billion. Founder Markus "Notch" Persson has been cited for criticizing Microsoft prior to the release of Windows 8.

The source reported of Persson saying that Microsoft was "trying to ruin the PC as an open platform." In addition, Polygon reported that his view of the OS is something that's "very, very bad for indie games".

Apart from this, he seems to dislike giant companies. The New Yorker said that Persson has never run a company and revealed that he does not want to "feel like a boss". He added that he just wants to turn up and do his own work.

He also expressed disagreement with big publishers saying: "The more studios that can remove themselves from the publisher system, the more games that will be made out of love rather than for profit." 

The Verge likewise reported that Persson has declined a planned version of "Minecraft" for Oculus Rift after the VR sold to Facebook.

His stance on game publishers and the rumors arising recently are conflicting.

But no matter how confusing the situation is, Bloomberg said that Persson himself has reached out to Microsoft months earlier. A source reportedly revealed that both companies have agreed on a framework and approximate pricing, added the outlet.

As to the extent of Persson's participation, Bloomberg's source hints that he is helping out with the transition; beyond that is unlikely. Rumors suggest that Persson will leave Mojang should Microsoft complete the deal but that he won't be shutting down or moving the company's office in Stockholm. 

To date, both Microsoft and Mojang declined to comment.

One teen gamer from Boston implied that Mojang under Microsoft may not be such a good idea at all, reported The Wall Street Journal"A majority of my friends don't think Microsoft is cool", said the young gamer.

Gamers are also fearing possible changes made to "Minecraft", should the Windows-maker take over. What are your thoughts on the rumored acquisition?

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