In a post this morning on the Mojang official blog, Chief Word Officer Owen Hill has confirmed the rumors and announced that Microsoft has acquired the Minecraft studio and its properties for US$2.5 billion.
The sale was made because Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson “decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance.” Persson, along with fellow Mojang founders Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér, will be leaving the company as part of the sale. Regarding the rest of the staff, Hill predicts that “the vast majority (if not all) Mojangstas will continue to work at Mojang for the time being.”
Unaddressed by the announcement are the future of other Mojang projects, such as strategy CCG Scrolls and action platformer Cobalt.
Persson first released Minecraft to the public in 2009, and built Mojang around its success. The sandbox building game was officially released in 2011 and is currently available for Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, XBox 360, XBox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. As of June 2014, Minecraft has sold nearly 54 million copies across all platforms.