Minecraft Officially Joins Microsoft

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That deal for Mojang is going through, and Notch is leaving the company. In his announcement, Persson said,

I don't see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it's fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don't make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it's changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It's certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately.

Meanwhile, Microsoft celebrates their huge acquisition in the video above.

Microsoft's Buying Mojang for $2 Billion

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Microsoft's Buying Mojang for $2 Billion
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Microsoft is buying Minecraft Mojang AB after Notch approached them a few months ago and offered to sell. Many are speculating that after the deal is done, Notch (real name: Markus Persson) will leave the company. Alongside Minecraft, Microsoft is also getting Cobalt, Scrolls, and, well, all of Mojang for $2 billion.

Amazon Launching Fire TV, a Streaming Video and Gaming Device

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Amazon Launching Fire TV, a Streaming Video and Gaming Device
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Basically a fancier Roku box, Amazon's Fire TV lets you stream video, navigate using voice commands, and play Minecraft. Yeah, Minecraft:

So far, the other games Amazon has shown on the Fire TV look like mobile games, but they have developed a fancy controller:


Fire TV is available starting today for $99. Streaming services at launch include Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu Plus, with more streaming partners to come.

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Thanks to Facebook, There Will be No Minecraft for Oculus Rift

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Warner Bros May be Working on a Minecraft Movie

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Considering that The LEGO Movie has already grossed $280.5M in three weeks, this shouldn't come as a surprise. In addition to Minecraft creator Notch's tweet, rumors are circulating that Warner Bros has approached The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee for the project.

Would you see a Minecraft movie?

Learn the Story of Minecraft

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2PlayerProductions has released their documentary on the rise of Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft for free in full on YouTube. If you want to support them, buy a physical copy, digital download, or the soundtrack.