The price tag Microsoft dropped on the deal was 2.5 billion. With the sale of the company founder Notch and two co-founders are leaving.
How will Microsoft earn back all that money? Last year Mojang earned $326 million from Minecraft.
“The vast majority–over 90 percent–of Mojang’s money came directly from Minecraft sales, with 38 percent of its revenue from the PC version of the game, and another 30 percent from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. The mobile versions of Minecraft also raked in roughly 25 percent of the company’s overall revenue.” – Gamespot
From Mojang statement (see above link):
Is the game going to change? Will we still be able to make videos, mods, awesome builds, and all the cool stuff we’ve created over the past few years?
Minecraft will continue to evolve, just like it has since the start of development. We don’t know specific plans for Minecraft’s future yet, but we do know that everyone involved wants the community to grow and become even more amazing than it’s ever been. Stopping players making cool stuff is not in anyone’s interests. - Mojang
Founder Notch had this to say about the deal:
“I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world.” - Markus “Notch” Persson on BBC News
Still, in retrospect, some of the things Notch said before Microsoft said the “B” word now ring a bit hollow.