Stockholm based independent video game company Mojang touched tad below $100 Million in profits for the year 2012 according to GamesIndustry International. Mojang is better known for the game Minecraft developed by Markus “Notch” Persson.
Released in 2009 as Alpha version, Minecraft has achieved success by breaking most of the industry records. Success helped Persson quit his job and start his own company Mojang.
Minecraft the Game
It is an open world game allowing a player a great deal of freedom to choose how he wants to play. There are no specific goals to be achieved. It is a game centered around placing and breaking blocks. The game world is made up of 3D objects. Mainly cubes. The original version was game with no characters.
It is played in two modes.
- Survival Mode is about collecting material found in the environment. Building, fighting mobs, maintaining hunger are part of this mode. In general you struggle to survive. Exploring the land, fighting monsters and managing with limited inventory supplied to them is all a part of survival mode.
- Creative mode, as name suggests is about creating with unlimited possibilities. Here player cannot usually die. Here player has unlimited blocks to build. There is no health bar in creative mode making the player immune to all the damages.
While the game is supposed to have no end, in the Survival mode Minecraft offers players a kind of goal and definable ending in form of defeating the Ender Dragon.
From being a cult classic, it has grown to be one of the most popular games available today with more than 20 million installations across PC, Xbox and Android versions as of January 213. It has received numerous awards starting with Best Debut Game in 2010.
The original version of Minecraft is available as free version for online play. That is more like playing current version in creative mode. You can buy Minecraft current versions on different platforms.
World of Minecraft (WoM) is an online Minecraft community founded in 2009. On their own custom servers they provide the game where users are permitted special commands for which there was no option in the normal Minecraft. Besides WoM there are a large number of sites offering Minecraft tips and Minecraft Guides.
Mojang to stay independent
Having become one of the hottest buyout target or investment opportunities neither Persson nor Mojang CEO Carl Manneh is enticed. They are quite happy earning far more than what they ever wished for. Minecraft aficionados can expect the duo to guide the company for now in its independent avatar.