Everyone Who Stayed at Mojang After Microsoft Buyout Got $300,000 Bonus

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Wired magazine has posted an excerpt from an upcoming Minecraft book that offers new details about Microsoft's blockbuster $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang and the popular sandbox franchise.


Wired magazine has posted an excerpt from an upcoming Minecraft book that offers new details about Microsoft's blockbuster $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang and the popular sandbox franchise. The excerpt is packed with fascinating inside information, including how Microsoft and Mojang kept employees from simply quitting their jobs once the deal was complete.


The answer, at least in part, was money. Lots of money.


"Everyone at Mojang was made the same offer: whoever stayed on board for at least six months after the sale would be rewarded with two million Swedish crowns, approximately three hundred thousand dollars, after taxes," reads a line from the book. "A small fortune was being tendered as a peace offering, in other words."


According to the book, all employees were also guaranteed their monthly salaries for two full years after the deal closed. This would be true even if Microsoft elected to close Mojang's office in Stockholm and move development to the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The book states that at least one employee rejected the offer.



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