Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement via Twitter:
It’s official, today we welcome Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family. We’re excited for the possibilities ahead w/the Minecraft community.
As Mojang put in a statement:
Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that.
The most significant difference for Mojang under Microsoft? No Notch. Markus “Notch” Persson, known as the man who created Minecraft, has officially left the company following the acquisition – and it’s a decision he doesn’t take lightly. The rampant success of his hobby project has blown him away, with the developer explaining “I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits”.
I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.