What Are Devs Saying About Microsoft's $2.5B Minecraft Acquisition?

Members of the games industry have been chiming in all morning about Microsoft's huge purchase.

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Mojang--and, by extension, its hit game Minecraft--are now owned by Microsoft, following today's $2.5 billion acquisition of the Swedish game developer. The deal was formally announced by the two companies today following recent reports suggesting the Xbox maker would purchase the company. Coinciding with the news, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson revealed he will leave the company to explore his own small projects.

Naturally, this is major news for the games industry; beyond Notch leaving, there's the sheer size of the deal and the importance of Minecraft, which is poised to be one of the most influential games ever.

As a result, the development community has been busy commenting on the situation on Twitter. We've gathered up a selection of developer tweets on the subject--which range from jokes to congratulations to reflections on the significance of the deal--for you to check out below. (We haven't seen much in the way of talk from Microsoft or Sony employees, though Xbox boss Phil Spencer did change his avatar to a Minecraft block.)

Markus "Notch" Persson (very rich former owner of Mojang)

Lydia Winters (Mojang "director of fun")

Erik Broes (Minecraft developer)

Nathan Adams (Minecraft developer)

Mans Olson (lead designer on Mojang's Scrolls)

Chet Faliszek (Valve writer)

Chris Remo (Campo Santo developer; Idle Thumbs co-founder)

Manveer Heir (BioWare Montreal designer)

Dylan Cuthbert (Q Games founder)

Jason Killingsworth (Riot Games writer)

Dan Pearce (10 Second Ninja developer)

Phil Tibitoski (Octodad developer)

Paul Kilduff-Taylor (Mode7 Games co-founder)

Nina White (Owl Cave Games co-founder)

Dan Marshall (Ben There, Dan That developer)

David Goldfarb (former Payday 2 director)

Ben Cousins (former Battlefield executive producer)

Shams Jorjani (Paradox Interactive vice president)

Ian Hardingham (Mode 7 co-owner)

Erik Wolpaw (Valve writer)

Andrew Fray (Spry Fox programmer)

Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone developer)

Nathan Vella (Capy co-founder)

Robert Boyd (Zeboyd Games designer)

Tim Schafer (Double Fine founder)

Cliff Bleszinski (former Epic Games design director)

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