This is not fun news to wake up to. Microsoft if apparently buying the indie studio Mojang for more than 2 billion dollars.
This is very very strange considering Notch cancelled an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft due to Facebook buying Oculus VR, so to then allow the company to be sold to Microsoft is just odd.
Not only that, but Notch himself has been very vocal about hating Windows 8 to the point of saying things like this:
Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help "certify" minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.— Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012
I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way..Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012
To then sell his company to that very company would be a very strange turnaround.
Not only that, but Microsoft doesn't have a good history with Linux, so this could also stop our future of getting Mojang's next game Scrolls which we have covered coming. The good thing with Minecraft is it already supports Linux as a platform, so that wouldn't just be taken away.
It's just such an odd move. What would they want with a company like Mojang? Minecraft isn't exactly a new game for them to help shape how they like, and it's already on their competing games consoles.
Who wouldn't turn down 2+ billion dollars though?
Mojang are being tight lipped, so that suggests something is happening. Why else wouldn't you outright deny it?
What do you make of all this?