Minecraft's developer clarifies statement, won't shut down in 10 years

Markus "Notch" Persson clarifies his 10-year plan for Mojang.

Screenshot courtesy of deviantART

Despite what has been suggested to the contrary, Minecraft developer Mojang doesn't plan on shutting down 10 years from now. In fact, it's actively working to ensure that doesn't happen regardless of its situation at that point, according to owner Markus "Notch" Persson.

Persson talked about his 10-year plan for the developer in a recent interview, which has since been taken to mean that the studio will only exist for another decade. In a series of tweets, Persson clarified what he meant, saying, "I meant we're saving money so that from the day we don't make a profit, we'll survive another ten years."

The following tweet stated, "And I don't see how we'd stop making money any time soon at the rate things are going." Indeed, particularly for its size--Mojang has less than 50 employees--the developer has been remarkably profitable thanks to the overwhelming success of Minecraft. Just last year, the studio brought in $326 million in revenue, $128 million of which was profit.

A final tweet on the subject summed the matter up: "So basically, we've got money saved to have ten more years to come up with a new project, without making a single cent in that time."

Minecraft has sold remarkably well on a number of platforms; it recently crossed the 15 million mark on PC and 12 million mark on the Xbox 360. It's also sold more than 21 million copies on iOS and Android, over 1 million on the PlayStation 3 (in its first month alone), and still has three platforms it's scheduled to hit this year: the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Mojang isn't a Minecraft-only studio, though--it's currently working on card game Scrolls and is publishing third-party action game Cobalt. Previously, it was at work on a futuristic sandbox game called 0x10c which has since been put on hold.

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smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

Whether you love or hate Minecraft, there's no denying that it was a genius game and the dude made his millions from it. Truth is he could probably give up now, but it seems like he's doing all this work and explaining himself because he really cares about his customers. Sounds like his heart is really into his product, which is more than what can be said for some developers.

Willy105
Willy105

Why did you have to go to DeviantArt for that screenshot? Couldn't you just opened up Minecraft and took a screenshot? Isn't this a gaming website?

Hurvl
Hurvl

There shouldn't be a need for clarification, but people always misinterpret statements to mean doom and gloom.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Yeah why not after all it is a Mine....CRAAAAAFFFT.

derekscorp
derekscorp

I can't BELIEVE they're porting it to the Vita, but not the WiiU. That's effing stupid.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why do people love this guy so much? He made one great game and has done nothing since. He can't be that talented if he can't think of something else to do in all this time.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

It sounds more like he's trying to play it smart, most folks can't figure what will happen in a year let alone 10 years nor can they plan for it but Notch has the right idea, save money now and possibly if things go south you have money to fall back on....

even in terms of corporate strategy most companies can only think of the here and now and that's why they fail 10 years later....they built everything for a instant gain then when things shifted they weren't ready for it and it's hard to steer a massive ship like M$, Nintendo, Sony or EA....Activision, they're forced to go with the tide because it's easier while smaller companies are the ones in a way tho cause the shifts because they are the ones thinking creatively...

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Minecraft is incredible, but since 2011 we're still wondering if Mojang can release another hit. Scrolls isn't very successful.

fede018
fede018

let's hope this time is an actual fun game to play 

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Wow, they certainly believe in their product and why shouldn't they, those are some impressive sales figures. This begs the question, where is Nintendo? They need to pull their fingers out from their asses and bring this game to their Wii U.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

when is mojang ever going to port minecraft to a real game engine instead of flash..

catsimboy
catsimboy

It's a good thing there are modders for Minecraft because the official updates come out at a snails pace, but that's probably a good thing since they screw up all the mods and usually introduce more bugs.

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

Drop those other titles and work on minecraft only lol I never played it, and I probably never will until they up the textures to match their profits.

repetitious
repetitious

After next gen release he better find another money maker

balintcsikos
balintcsikos

Yeah of course they don't want to shut down'-.-  Anyway I don't like Minecraft but it is entertaining millions so good luck for them!

vorbzv
vorbzv

Comes out in September on current gen if anyone wants to know...

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@derekscorp  

Nintendo is an obsoleted platform that is why none of any AAA publishers or developers are interested in it.

Cybertron713
Cybertron713

@Dannystaples14  He's also continued making games for the Ludum Dare. A few years ago, he made a pretty interesting typing game, even. He just makes games because he loves to make games. That's why I love him.

kerrman
kerrman

@Dannystaples14 I've never played it, but didn't he make a game called Scrolls afterwards? Or it's in Alpha, Beta, or somewhere in Early Access right now anyways.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

@Dannystaples14 Minecraft isn't even that great. It gets boring REAL quick unless you're playing with friends, but then even that gets boring pretty fast since you just have vanilla Minecraft. Mod packs are what make the game bearable.

packtop
packtop

@liquidbutter

Hit are really hard to achieve and Mojang will most likely never make a hit again, by making random game.

The only way he could get near a hit again is making a minecraft 2, better in everything than the first one.

amk11
amk11

@dannydopamine8  You just win the dumbest comment award. Your reward is in Java... the actual programming language used for the game

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

@catsimboy There's not a whole lot to add to it anymore. They should just start working on a new game engine and make an entire sequel. 

HOLYSHMUCK
HOLYSHMUCK

@repetitious  Why does he need to do anything at all? His whole company could pretty much retire at this point and update Minecraft from time to time if they so wanted to.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@3dmatrixgamer Don't care about the rest of your comment, but just to correct you - Nintendo isn't an obsolete platform. 

XBlade1X
XBlade1X

@packtop @liquidbutterI agree with you to an extent, but I think if they just made any games that used the basic premise of Minecraft, they could potentially be just as big if not bigger.

Imagine if they aquired a licence to make a Minecraft style game with lego, like actual lego. Imagine the possibilities. You would not only be able to explore a randomly generated lego world but also build all the houses, towns, vehicles and anything you wanted to really out of lego bricks you collect or craft..

Now that's something I could see becoming even more popular than Minecraft.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

@liquidbutter @catsimboyAnybody who finds enjoyment in vanilla minecraft has something wrong with them. They should just leave minecraft to the modding community and start working on something else.

Cybertron713
Cybertron713

@MrMilkmann @liquidbutter @catsimboy  I enjoy vanilla Minecraft. Why does that mean there's something wrong with me? I enjoy being able to build my own world, even if it has its limitations. I enjoy being able to go adventuring just to see what's out there, and for no other particular reason. There is nothing about it that makes anything wrong with anyone.