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Update: Minecraft sold to Microsoft for $2 billion, founder calls it quits

Update: Minecraft sold to Microsoft for $2 billion, founder calls it quits
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The world's most popular video game will soon be under new ownership, and scores of fans and players may not be so happy about the big pay day.

Computer tech giant Microsoft just committed $2 billion on Mojang, the company that made the world's most explosively popular video game. If you missed my coverage of this story on Friday, well, Minecraft is a procedurally generated video game which has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.

The deal went through, apparently, because the man behind Minecraft couldn't take the pressure. Markus "Notch" Persson, the man who made a large percentage of Minecraft by himself, sold his majority stake in Mojang to Microsoft "for his sanity."

With the company sold to Microsoft, though, what can we expect from Minecraft in the future? Well, I'm willing to bet that more Minecraft-related stuff will be coming to the Xbox One.

If your kid loves Minecraft as much as my son, Ian, then you can probably expect to pick up an Xbox One whenever this Microsoft-sponsored Minecraft content starts getting released.

The other thing that you could possibly expect from Minecraft is pushback from its fans. A large part of why kids love Minecraft so much is that a large part of it is made by them. It's a game about creativity that also allows kids to change anything they want about the game.

Why is Minecraft so explosively popular? Well, it might be because you have the freedom to recreate an entire country in the game. I'm serious.

Microsoft has a less-than-laissez-faire reputation when it comes to giving its customers freedom with their software. This acquisition could cut down the "cool factor" that's kept Ian and his friends locked in to the brick-building game.

If you want to check out Minecraft on your phone or tablet, you can the game right here.

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