Company Type: Subsidiary
Industry: Video Games
Year Founded: May 2009
Founder: Markus Persson
Headquarters: Maria Skolgata 83 BV SE-118 53 Stockholm, Sweden
Parent Company: Microsoft Studios
Subsidiaries: Mojang Synergies AB, Mojang Support AB
Company History & Bio
Following a paid trip and employment offer from Valve Corporation in early September 2010, Markus Persson founded Mojang alongside his best friend Jakob Porsér, with Carl Manneh later brought in as a CEO, as Persson desired to run a self-made independent studio for the continued development of Minecraft. Within a year, the company grew to a size of twelve employees, with their second video game, Scrolls, in development, as well as serving as the publisher of Cobalt. In 2011, Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker offered to invest in Mojang, but was declined. By March 2012, the company had accumulated revenues of over $80 million.
In September 2012, Mojang began a partnership with United Nations Human Settlements Programme called “Block by Block”, which entails having Minecraft players constructing sites in-game to use as a basis for assisted development of the village of Kibera in the Nairobi area of Kenya.
On 15 September 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion in a deal made official on 6 November 2014. With their stakes in the company bought out, the three founders, Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér left the company.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that a major reason for acquiring Mojang was HoloLens.