The creator of Minecraft has claimed that he sold the video game sensation to Microsoft for $2.5 billion to preserve his sanity, not to make money.
I don’t think anyone reading this doesn’t know what Minecraft is. It’s one of the most popular games ever made with more than 200 million units sold since its release, and there are even minecraft hosting providers now, designed to give players full control of their gaming experience. YouTube certainly helped promote its popularity because videos on the game often gained tens of millions of views. It also changed how most other game developers view open-world survival games with many people still saying that hytale is just minecraft 2. While this isn’t necessarily true, it certainly took inspiration from Minecraft and people are excited about its potential.
Anyway, Markus Persson, a co-founder of Mojang, the Stockholm-based gaming company, said in a letter to Minecraft fans posted on his blog that he was not a chief executive or an entrepreneur but a “nerd” who “likes to have opinions on Twitter . . . I make games because it’s fun and because I love games and I love to program. I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits.”
Mr Persson said that he would concentrate on smaller projects in future, adding: “If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.”
Minecraft has built up a cult following of more than 100 million players since it was launched in 2009. Players create and destroy buildings and other structures in a vast, low-fi world of giant 3D cubes.
Mr Persson said: “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 [licensing] situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand.
“[I] started to realise I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me.
“It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”
Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser, who co-founded Mojang with Mr Persson, are also leaving the company.