The rumour has become reality: Microsoft bought Mojang, makers of Minecraft. Being that Minecraft is such a huge game, people have a lot of feelings about this $US2.5 billion deal.
Some folks are upset. Some are confused. Some people are incredulous. It makes sense: the question on everyone's mind is, what does this move mean for Minecraft? Of course, as easy as it is to be cynical, and as easy (and perhaps unfairly) as it is for some to assume that Microsoft will ruin things, there are many people who see the move in a positive light, too. Now that Notch isn't at Mojang, he can do his own thing without as much pressure. That's a good thing.
All of these things are topics that people are reacting to now that Minecraft is owned by Microsoft. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Farewell @notch youve given us all such a great life away from life. I thank you humbly and respect your decision. :) take it easy man. <3
— Gabe \(U_U)z (@roboticbunny1) September 15, 2014
Notch is the smartest dude in the industry
— Dank Souls II (@TheGingerSouls) September 15, 2014
Microsoft: We're buying Mojang! Notch: I'm leaving Mojang. Microsoft: What did we just buy?
— Cokelogic (@cokelogic) September 15, 2014
— PC Master Race (@MasterPCRace) September 15, 2014
What's this stuff about Microsoft buying mojang xD nice prank
— Trunks (@DarkTrunksMan) September 15, 2014
Psst to the people mad about the Mojang buy-out: MICROSOFT HASNT PLANNED OR DONE ANYTHING YET SO CAPM YOUR ASSES
— Ethan/IronWeasel (@IWRGaming) September 15, 2014
No no no no no no, Microsoft is not allowed to acquire Mojang. NO NO NO NO NO!
— Harvey Critchley (@dinomonkey101) September 15, 2014
Microsoft buys Mojang! Expensive but if they play their card right could be a priceless acquisition.
— Matt (@GaymerUK) September 15, 2014
Imagine being responsible for Minecraft. All of it. Imagine being defined by that. Now imagine not having to be that any more.
— Ed Stern (@EdStern) September 15, 2014
I just hope Microsoft will keep Minecraft a fun, easy-to-use experience like they did with Windows, Microsoft Office, Xbox Live, and god no.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) September 15, 2014
Microsoft owning Minecraft worries me
— ҡıṡṡѧɞȗṅı♛ (@kissabuni) September 15, 2014
So, minecraft 2 next year ? And only on Xbox ?
— Lord Jonathan (@Boogalord) September 15, 2014
— Jack Watson (@Jackdor99) September 15, 2014
He was already sick of being famous. Now he's sick of being famous AND hearing about Psychonauts 2. :)
— Tim Schafer (@TimOfLegend) September 15, 2014
You can already tell that Microsoft bought Minecraft... pic.twitter.com/JNBniWHdq8
— THE INSPIRATION (@_theinspiration) September 15, 2014
— Tyler Glaiel (@tylerglaiel) September 15, 2014
*Microsoft wakes up in a destroyed Vegas hotel room next to mountains of coke and a tiger* "Oh god what the fuck did we buy last night?"
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) September 15, 2014
It's incredible that, at $US2.5b, Mojang (not including Notch) sold for 62% of what Lucasfilm and the entirety of Star Wars sold for.
— Chris Remo (@chrisremo) September 15, 2014
Looking forward to a Minecraft "triple XP weekend."
— Joe Fourhman (@fourhman) September 15, 2014
Just be careful kids: one day you're having fun playing Minecraft. The next day you're setting Internet Explorer as your default browser.
— Aaron Levie (@levie) September 15, 2014
Microsoft bought Minecraft for $US2.5B? Man, I remember when I bought it in alpha, it was only like $US12
— Bill 'Super' Zoeker (@BillZoeker) September 15, 2014
Notch has made enough money through Minecraft to spend the rest of his life making small games and being happy about it. Good for him.
— RiotJentendo (@RiotJentendo) September 15, 2014
If MSFT buys Minecraft for $US2.5B, they'd need to sell @ avg cost of $US16 156,250,000 units to break even. Game has sold 54 million units.
— Erik Kain (@erikkain) September 15, 2014
when is minecraft announced for smash bros
— Paul Mode7 (@mode7games) September 15, 2014
The most effective way to get an entire generation of young gamers to passionately hate Microsoft's guts would be to screw up Minecraft.
— Dan Stapleton (@DanStapleton) September 15, 2014
if microsoft renames minecraft to "Microsoftcraft" or "Microcraft" I'll sue!!!
— Astriya (@AstriyaEmilys) September 15, 2014
the mojang deal is cool because it means video games now has a benevolent eccentric billionaire with the scene's best interests at heart
— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) September 15, 2014
The decision to leave a company like Mojang at peak popularity seems like a mature act of self-preservation. Curious to see what's next.
— Chris Plante (@plante) September 15, 2014
Lol I lied, here's your Minecraft thing of the day: http://t.co/soekHfepZn
— Neville Park (@neville_park) September 15, 2014
"Why'd Microsoft pay so much for Minecraft? It's a fad past its prime." TELEPORT TO: 1999 LISTEN: "Pokemon's a fad that's past its prime"
— Nadia Oxford (@nadiaoxford) September 15, 2014
This may be a national day of sadness and you may not know it. Ask your 11 year old for details. #Minecraft
— Erin Peterson (@dotnetcowboy) September 15, 2014
If the Minecraft community knows what's good for it, they will immediately start an open source clone of it and point every modder to that.
— JP LeBreton (@vectorpoem) September 15, 2014
I hope Microsoft dosen't waste Mojang's talent, or ruin what makes them special. It can happen, but it's pretty Rare.
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) September 15, 2014
Actually, it's quite heartening to see people tweet at Notch, too. While there are some arseholes, lots of people are thanking him for creating Minecraft — and wishing him the best in his future endeavours.
Still, there's scepticism about what Microsoft will do with Mojang...
What about you, how did you react to the news that Microsoft bought Mojang? Let us know in the comments.