Microsoft won't be interfering with Minecon 2015


No one can be blamed for panicking when Microsoft acquired Mojang – and therefore Minecraft – last year, but the company has handled its new responsibility well so far. Which is to say, it's kept its distance. That will be the company's approach to this year's Minecon event as well, which Microsoft has confirmed it will leave in Mojang's hands.

“Mojang is running Minecon 2015 in the same manner as their past events,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement provided to VentureBeat. “We’re playing a supporting role; we want to listen, learn, and be inspired by the community that has made Minecraft great.”

“We’re extremely thankful for our passionate community of players, builders, and content creators who have made Minecraft the global phenomenon it is today,” the spokesperson said. “It was important to us to help where needed but let Mojang carry on the tradition of Minecon as a meaningful celebration of the Minecraft community.”

Microsoft acquired Mojang in September for $2.5 billion last year, and the move has already been profitable. Minecon 2015 will take place in London on June 4-5.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.