Despite several buyout offers, including Napster, the company has stayed on its own. As co-founder Carl Manneh told Reuters, “We are living the dream, really. An exit would be huge, but do we really need that money? In our case, we have the cash flow. We have more money than we need."
He goes on to explain how their independence is what makes them successful: “We've always felt that the independence we have is one of our core strengths. We can take decisions by going into a room and in 15 minutes we're done. We try to be extremely agile, to release games quickly."
The “Minecraft” franchise, which is spread over several consoles and PCs and is lauded by every faction of the gaming community, has “sold over 20 million units to date,” Makuch states. Manneh, looking into the future, sees that if things continue to go the way they have been, “Minecraft” will outsell “The Sims” and replace it as the best-selling PC game of all time.
Markus Persson, who created the “Minecraft” game, said that the wealth he has amassed is “weird as f**k,” adding that some of the money will be set aside for charity.
For more information, you can check out Eddie Makuch’s article on Gamespot.