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Mojang Developing Three Games

Edge Magazine has word on what's going on at Mojang, the developer formed by Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. Word is in addition to the previously announced Scrolls, they are also working on two other games. There aren't any details on these, but that may change soon, as they have indications from Mojang CEO Carl Manneh that both games should be announced by mid-year, and they may actually be released by then as well.

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16. Re: Mojang Developing Three Games Jan 13, 2012, 23:32 Dev
 
Jensen wrote on Jan 13, 2012, 23:03:
So, about $90M USD

These numbers aren't exact,but probably within 100k sales per category. And it's not like their sales numbers are waning... $275k in sales in the last 24 hours.
Not quite doubling it to $90 (and then you forgot to cut it in half to $45 million from tax) doesn't substantially change my points. That also assumes that notch makes all his earnings available to the company. If he's smart, he'll hold some back for himself in case the company fails.

One single game is generally not a reliable income source for the foreseeable future for a dev studio, especially not when they are doing all sorts of other projects, and nothing really announced in the minecraft universe. As it stands currently, that income can probably last at least a couple more years, but without further action in the minecraft series, sales of it will start dwindling at some point (I'm not saying that point is now), and if thats the only source of income they are relying on then, they will be in trouble at that point, especially if they've spent all their reserve. In other words, if a company wants to scale up, they need to plan for the future. We saw how a company with $100 million with APB had their financial planning to be broke with $0 on launch day, that does NOT work with a MMO. There's expenses and the money doesn't drop in the bank on day 1. If they had held back even a couple million, they might have been able to make a go at it (although from the sounds of it they had a lot of other internal problems).

Even blizzard with WoW is working on making a replacement MMO, since they can see the writing on the wall with subscriptions starting to drop. Notice how also in recent years they started more seriously working on starcraft and now diablo? When I talk about valve having a reliable basically guaranteed income source for the foreseeable future in steam, its NOT based on any particular game. They don't need to ever dev another game. They are making bank off selling other people's games, which is actually far more than they make selling their own games. IMHO, steam has kickstarted a renaissance in PC gaming, especially with indie gaming, and there's no sign that it will stop anytime soon. I'd love to be able to invest in valve.

This comment was edited on Jan 13, 2012, 23:45.
 
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