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Mojang Studios
Formerly
  • Mojang Specifications (2009–2010)
  • Mojang AB (2010–2020)
Subsidiary
Industry Video games
Founded 2009; 12 years ago (2009)
Founder Markus Persson
Headquarters ,
Sweden
Key people
  • Jonas Mårtensson (CEO)
  • Vu Bui (COO)
Products
  • Minecraft
  • Caller's Bane
  • Cobalt
  • Crown and Council
Number of employees
70 (2016)
Parent Xbox Game Studios (2014–present)

Mojang Studios is a Swedish video game developer based in Stockholm. It was founded by the independent video game designer Markus Persson in 2009 as Mojang Specifications for the development and release of Persson's sandbox and survival video game Minecraft. The studio inherited its name from a previous video game venture Perrson had left two years prior. Following the game's release, Persson, in conjunction with Jakob Porsér, incorporated the business as Mojang AB in late 2010 and hired Carl Manneh as the company's chief executive officer. Other early hires included Daniel Kaplan and Jens Bergensten.

Minecraft became highly successful, eventually the best-selling game of all time, giving Mojang sustained growth. With a desire to move on with the game, Persson offered to sell his share in Mojang, and the company was acquired by Microsoft through Xbox Game Studios (then known as Microsoft Studios) in November 2014. Persson, Porsér and Manneh subsequently left Mojang, with Jonas Mårtensson replacing Manneh. In May 2020, Mojang was rebranded as Mojang Studios.

As of 2016, the company employs 70 people in its Stockholm offices, including chief executive officer Mårtensson and chief operating officer Vu Bui. Apart from Minecraft, Mojang Studios has developed Caller's Bane, a digital collectable card game, Crown and Council, a turn-based strategy game, and the dungeon crawl game Minecraft Dungeons. It also released various smaller games as part of game jams organised by Humble Bundle and published the externally developed Cobalt and Cobalt WASD.

Games developed

Year Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Notes Ref(s)
2011 Minecraft Sandbox, survival Android, Fire OS, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Raspberry Pi, tvOS, Windows Phone N/A
2014 Caller's Bane Digital collectable card game Android, macOS, Microsoft Windows Originally titled Scrolls
2016 Crown and Council Strategy Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows N/A
2020 Minecraft Dungeons Dungeon crawler Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One N/A

Game jam games

Mojang partnered with Humble Bundle in 2012 to launch Mojam, a game jam event to raise money for charity, as part of which Mojang developed the shoot 'em up mini-game Catacomb Snatch. 81,575 bundles including the game were sold, raising US$458,248.99. The following year, Mojang developed three mini-games for Mojam 2. The studio also participated in Humble Bundle's Games Against Ebola game jam in 2014 with three further mini-games.

Year Title Event Ref(s)
2012 Catacomb Snatch Mojam
2013 Nuclear Pizza War Mojam 2
Endless Nuclear Kittens
Battle Frogs
2014 Docktor Games Against Ebola
Healthcore Evolved
Snake Oil Stanley

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