Mojang: Der Lotse verlässt das Boot

Veröffentlicht am 15 Sep 2014 - 9:05pm von Axel Dockhorn

Für viele war es ein Schock, andere sehen einen Neuanfang. Für ihn wird es jedoch keinen geben: Notch wird sein eigenes Büro räumen. 


Wie ein Lauffeuer verbreitete sich das Gerücht: Microsoft bietet 2,5 Milliarden US-Dollar für Mojang und die Rechte an Minecraft. Nun ist es bestätigt. Noch bis Ende 2014 soll Mojang übernommen werden.

Nun wird natürlich diskutiert: Wird es in Zukunft DLCs geben, die uns neue Blöcke bieten? Wird Minecraft das alte bleiben?

Ganz so wie vorher wird es wohl nie wieder sein. Unser allseits beliebter Notch verlässt Mojang, in einem berührenden Abschiedsbrief geht er nun:

I’m leaving Mojang
September 15th, 2014
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. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. 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.

A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, I’ve had so much fun with work. I wasn’t exactly sure how I fit into Mojang where people did actual work, but since people said I was important for the culture, I stayed.

„I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.

Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I don’t expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I won’t feel a responsibility to read them.

I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.

I love you. All of you. 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. 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.“



Laut ersten Angaben sollen die Spieler voran von den Qualitäten des Microsoft-Netzwerks profitieren sowie der Cloud profitieren. Der Deal selbst ist noch nicht abgeschlossen, Ende 2014 wird das Geld jedoch endgültig über den Tisch gewandert sein.

„Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us.“ so Notch nach der offiziellen Verkündigung.

Wie Minecraft sich in Zukunft verändern wird, kann nur die Zeit zeigen. Vielleicht sollten wir an der alten Zeit festhalten, vielleicht auch nicht…