Notch Sells Mojang for His Sanity, Not the Money

Microsoft acquires Mojang for $2.5 billion and Notch hits the road

WRITTEN BY: Katy Hollingsworth

Microsoft acquired Mojang and its huge hit game, Minecraft, for $2.5 billion last week, leaving majority stockholder Notch free to leave the company with a pretty penny after years of working on Minecraft.

Though Microsoft has confirmed that they will still continue to support systems other than Xbox, fans are still generally unhappy about the acquisition, many choosing to believe that Notch effectively sold out.

However, on his site, Notch states that the sale was more for his sanity than the not-so-small fortune he received. His statement iterates that he prefers working on smaller games, and that Minecraft had become too big to deal with; though most of that could be associated with the increased popularity and publicity he was receiving.

"It's not about the money. It's about my sanity."

Notch has confirmed that he will still continue to make games, but only because he enjoys creating them. 

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