So minecraft has been bought by microsoft for $2.5 billion, not that long after oculus rift was purchased by facebook for a cool $2 billion and minecraft support pulled.
Most of the focus has been on the multibillion sum for games and microsoft’s strategy in the tech world.
Microsoft has been rather receptive of bitcoin, putting it on bing, not banning it on their apps store or phones.
Eating up Notch’s Minecraft Mojang might allow bitcoin to rise one notch in the microsoft system.
Already, there is some bubbles of social bitcoin-minecraft integration where “mining” in one arena bleeds over into the other as people try to “crossover” the two. (not unlike minecraft servers for real money, except bitcoins)
The EULA of mojang “recognizes” or at least calls bitcoin real money.
What do you mean by “hard currency” compared to “soft currency”?
Hard currency is real money or anything that can be converted into real money, including Bitcoins. Soft currency is available in-game only, and has no real-world value. The restriction in the EULA only apply to hard currency; you may unlock anything with soft currency.
Buy Cliffhorse "early access" by sending Dogecoin here DMbE53XpM3RR4cnHnVoTPZzjBUwHogdYBe then downloading here http://t.co/dBagZctq3w
— Markus Persson (@notch) June 7, 2014
And he is on record for loving cryptocurrency
“I love cryptocurrency, and I love the way Dogecoin deals with it.”
Note too that Mojang(minecraft)’s old law firm (or current if Microsoft keeps it) Sheridans accepts bitcoins. It also happens to be coindesk’s law firm.
With all these cryptocurrency links, it seems like the bitcoin game will really be taken up a notch in Microsoft by Notch, even as Notch leaves Mojang to do his own stuff.
- 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.
- 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.
WSJ has compared it to other big buys like supercell and instagram