Shortly after Microsoft confirmed and announced that it will buy the game development studio Mojang for $2.5 million, "Minecraft" creator Markus "Notch" Persson posted a goodbye letter to his fans, according to PC World.
Apparently, as part of the business deal, Persson has agreed to leave Mojang once Microsoft takes over.
"I don't see myself as a real game developer," he said. "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."
"'Minecraft' certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it's changed games," he added, "I never meant for it to do either. It's certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting."
As to what he will do after Mojang, Persson said he will probably spend his time working on small projects and participating in the video game development competition Ludum Dares.
He then hinted that if he ever manages to create another hit game like "Minecraft," he'll most likely leave it again, Wired reported.
"As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Lubum Dares and small web experiments," he wrote. "If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately."
Before ending his farewell message, Persson reminded "Minecraft" fans that despite the imposing presence of Microsoft, the game still belongs to them as it was created for their enjoyment.
"I love you. All of you," he stated. "Thank you for turning 'Minecraft' into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can't be responsible for something this big."
"In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now," he added. "In a much bigger sense, it's belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change. It's not about the money. It's about my sanity."
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