Notch, responsible for Minecraft, was a key play for Mojang. Though now that Microsoft has purchased Mojang for $2.5 billion, Notch is leaving the industry in a sense.
The news broke that Microsoft has purchased Mojang and with it Minecraft. We already knew some of the key players in Mojang has left one of which is Notch. We finally know that Notch has left Mojang and will be staying away from any more big projects where he can keep his “sanity”.
The post Notch wrote talked about how he never intended for Minecraft to become big. Though he admits to be grateful for the success Minecraft has received. One of the main reasons, Notch stepped down from Minecraft was because of how much he was tied to the game even if he no longer has nothing to do with the actual development.
I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand.
Notch will continue to develop small web experiments but has stated that if one happens to gain traction and take off like Minecraft did, he’ll likely abandon it immediately.
I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately. . . It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.
You can read Notch’s full post here.