In addition to a report yesterday claiming Microsoft was in talks to buy Swedish developers Mojang, Bloomberg now says that according to "a person familiar with Microsoft" Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson will in all likelihood step aside from the company once the sale goes through.
This source says that the deal was first discussed a few months back, with Persson reaching out to Microsoft following their positive history working together on the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft.
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"The two companies quickly agreed on a framework and approximate price and have been working out the details since", the Bloomberg report states. "Persson will help out with the transition, though he is unlikely to remain beyond that".
Note that despite this new information, neither Mojang nor Microsoft has confirmed (or even commented on) the proposed purchase.
Microsoft Said Near $2 Billion Deal for Minecraft Maker [Bloomberg][top image: Alexander Babic]