After a week of rumour, Microsoft has now officially purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion.

All three original Mojang founders, including Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, will depart the company once the deal is finalised.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has also moved to reassure non-Microsoft fans that the company will continue “to make Minecraft available” across non-PC and non-Windows platforms such as  iOS, Android and PlayStation.

MineCon, the popular Minecraft convention will also continue to be held annually.

How the purchase affects Mojang’s other properties, such as Scrolls however, is currently unclear.

‘Notch’ for his part, has reasoned that his departure was “not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”

The popular developer has since said that he intends to return to experimental development, specifically Ludum Dare.

“As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments.” Persson said.

In typical dry ‘Notch’ fashion however, Persson indicated that any new games that he makes will unlikely reach the heady heights of Minecraft stating, “If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.”

Below, you can catch a video of Spencer outlining the details of the acquisition and the full press release, here.

Furthermore, you can read Notch’s complete statement on the matter, here.

Source: Xbox Wire via Microsoft Press, Notch.net

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