Yesterday Microsoft confirmed the rumours that it would buy Minecraft developer Mojang for 2.5 billion dollars.
Following the announcement, Mojang founder Markus Persson — aka Notch — wrote a touching blog post on his leaving the company he founded.
The business had become too big and the demands of Minecraft’s legion of fans were taking their toll; it was time for Persson to move on to keep his sanity.
“If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.”
For all the hubris we hear from technology company founders and CEOs, it’s those like Persson who probably will end up making the most difference to the world.