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#1 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@extomar: I think Notch just doesn't want the responsibility of owning/operating a company and all of the headaches that entails. It's not about selling off Minecraft, but everything associated with it.

I definitely get that sense from reading up on the responses. And I get the sense that Minecraft is starting to shift into a "mature state" where changing anything is met with resistance making the whole thing "generally unfun".

To be clear I don't fault Notch for selling. I am only wondering if Microsoft over paid or if they could have spent that money in better ways like revitalizing first parties to release several new games and IPs instead or spent a fraction acting as an indie producer. I feel that Microsoft isn't going to beat Sony let alone anyone else with a game studio that had one hit where instead they could bury Sony in an avalanche of games.

#2 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

I am not sure how people see this as "makes sense" even now. With Rareware this was a company with decades of reputation behind them making a bunch of games. Mojang made one successful game and tinkered with some others. Notch made out like a bandit which is a "whatever" in my view. It feels like the real question is whether not Minecraft really is worth billions or if 2.5 billion could have been spent revitalizing first parties (you know...like get Rare to make a new Banjo?) or cultivate a hundred indie games or what.

#3 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -


It is possible that the "dynamics" have changed over the last generation. I wonder if it is more about "guys don't buy so much any more" more than "we want to sell to girls".

#4 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

I wonder if there was a way to just sell Minecraft off instead of Mojang. Or the alternative is just to just stop work on Minecraft and "sunset" it. Or maybe Notch really is fed up with all of the crap "video games" throws around.

#5 Posted by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

@marokai: If I was in Notch's position and was offered that much money for my product, I'd take it. Even though he's only going to get a percentage of it, its a percentage of $2.5B. Shit, I'd be happy with 1% of $2.5B.

I can't fathom how this is a good investment for Microsoft though. It's not like Mojang are proven to be a top developer. I'm sure they've seen what Mojang have in the pipeline though, but will it be worth that much? Is this just going to be Rare all over again?

I can see how they make money from Mojang: They need to go out of their way to change absolutely nothing, port to new platforms and support old ones with vigor. But that REQUIRES the core Minecraft to almost never change where I'm not sure if anyone can keep their hands off. There will be a temptation do things like "Achievements" and "Mod API" and "In app store" that will easily ruin things.

#6 Posted by EXTomar (4718 posts) -


I think Notch made out like a bandit. I am not sure there is anything to improve or change that won't be controversial where I can see he didn't want to deal with it any more.

#7 Posted by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

The thing they/Microsoft may not realize is that a lot of what made Minecraft interesting is a confluence of "random" stuff where touching or changing some of it will "break" it.

#8 Posted by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

@theht said:

Soooooo does that mean easterners love Destiny?

I thought this means Brazilians will like Silent Hills. Yeah this topic is kind of odd.

#9 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

These kinds of independence movements always feel like someone is vying for more power where they believe they can do so by replacing those at the top with themselves but without much of a plan.

That said, I do think there is something to fuller devolution that is more like a federal system would do a lot of good including devolution for an English Parliament as well.

#10 Edited by EXTomar (4718 posts) -

We just got done seeing how much crap can be slung by the Internet towards the game industry. And people have gotten annoying protective of Minecraft where trying to do some improvements will be met with rage. So I'm not surprised at all Notch wants to "get out" before Minecraft is more of an anchor than a buoy.

But it would have been nice if he could have sold it to the people in his company first.