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Mojang AB
Mojang.svg
Type

Subsidiary

Founder(s)

Markus Persson, Jakob Porsér, and Carl Manneh

Founded

2009

Headquarters

Stockholm, Sweden

Key people

Lead developer Jens Bergensten, CEO Jonas Mårtensson

Products

Minecraft, Scrolls, Cobalt, and Crown and Council

Parent

Microsoft Studios

Links

Mojang AB (Mojäng Aktiebolag – Swedish for "Gadget Ltd.") or simply Mojang, pronounced About this sound /ˈmʊˈjɛŋ/ (IPA key) ᴍᴜᴜ-yayng (respell key) in Swedish and About this sound /moʊˈdʒæŋ/ (IPA key) ᴍᴏʜ-jayng (respell key) in American English[1], is the home office of the Minecraft studio, a first-party game developer for Microsoft Studios. It is primarily known for the creation and development of Minecraft. Located in Stockholm, Sweden, Mojang currently has nearly 100 employees.[2][3]

History

Mojang was founded by Markus Persson, Jakob Porsér, and Carl Manneh as an independent video game developer. Its original name was Mojang Specifications until becoming a limited liability company in October 2010 under the name "Mojang AB". Mojang publicly announced on September 15, 2014 that they would be bought by Microsoft, and they subsequently became a subsidiary of Microsoft, and joined Microsoft Studios, on November 6 of that year.[4]. Mojang AB as a legal entity continues to exist as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Minecraft studio

Mojang in Stockholm is the home office of the larger Minecraft studio, and is where the decisions regarding the Minecraft franchise are made. The Minecraft studio also includes satellite offices in Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and Redmond, Washington, USA, sharing a single studio budget and studio vision between all locations. The heads of the studio are Mojang CEO Jonas Mårtensson and Minecraft Studio Corporate VP Matt Booty, who both report to Phil Spencer, who is the head of Xbox and Microsoft Studios.

The UK office works closely with platform partners in Europe as well as partner studio 4J Studios. Primary testing and production for the console editions occur there. The China office works closely with the partner studio NetEase. The Japan office works closely with platform partners in Japan and Asia. The Redmond office, like the one in Stockholm, assists with all the editions. Nearly all teams are spread out across both Stockholm and Redmond offices, except that Education Edition is developed primarily in Redmond, and Java Edition is developed primarily in Stockholm.[5]

Games

Minecraft

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Scrolls

Scrolls.png

Scrolls is another Mojang game which was first conceived and developed by Jakob Porsér.[6] Its lead designer is now Måns Olson and its production manager is Henrik Pettersson.[7] Announced on March 2, 2011,[8] it aims to combine elements from trading card games and traditional board game in the strategy genre.

In August 2011, Mojang had been threatened with legal action by the legal team representing ZeniMax Media, with the accusation being that the title "Scrolls" infringes on the The Elder Scrolls trademark, a series of role-playing video games published by Bethesda Softworks (a ZeniMax Media subsidiary). In mid-October 2011, the court case was won by Mojang,[9] and one employee described the outcome as "the court saw it from our side". No further action was taken against Mojang, and the name "Scrolls" was allowed to remain.

The game was first made available to a limited number of people through alpha keys giveaways, starting from July 5, 2012.[10] It then hit beta on June 3, 2013[11] since when it is purchasable at a discounted price. The game was fully released on December 12, 2014,[12] but on June 29th, 2015, Mojang announced that development of Scrolls would cease as "the game has reached a point where it can no longer sustain continuous development"; the servers were expected to run until at least July of 2016, and all further proceeds were to make sure the game is played for as long as possible.[13] [more information needed]

Cobalt

Cobalt.png

Cobalt is an action game developed by Oxeye Game Studios and published / co-developed by Mojang. The gameplay consists of "running, jumping, rolling, shooting, throwing, dancing, hacking, rolling, flying, sliding, climbing, looting, deflecting, racing, piñata-ing, passing, scoring… and even more rolling!" Cobalt is written in Lua and a dated alpha version is available on Windows and Mac. The game is expected to be released through a launcher, as well as on Steam for Windows and Mac. Cobalt will also available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, which is being ported/developed by Fatshark, Pixeldiet, and published by Microsoft Studios. Cobalt was originally going to be released on October 30, 2015, but was delayed to be released on February 2, 2016 instead.[14] The game also features music by Mattias 'anosou' Häggström Gerdt.[15]

Cobalt Theme Song

Cobalt Trailer

Crown and Council

CrownAndCouncil.jpg

Crown and Council is a casual strategy game fully created by Henrik Pettersson.[19] It was originally concieved in a 72-hour game jam, and was released on April 22, 2016. It was inspired by the games History of the World and Slay, although many compare it to Risk.

The game puts the player in control of a nation warring against others on a tile-based map. Each turn, the player earns income based on how many conquered tiles they have, and can spend earned money to conquer other tiles or improve their own through the construction of structures like forts, villages and universities, which all provide different bonuses. The player wins a map once they have vanquished all enemies, regardless of actual remaining neutral tiles.[20][21] There are 75 maps, with additional maps being procedurally generated.[22]

He originally said he planned on continuing working on the game to fix bugs and add features.[23] An update released in January 2017 added a 99-map campaign and tweaks to the procedural generation and land-taking mechanics to improve balance. The most important change was in the calculations affecting the attack and defence of territories: the element of "randomness" was removed, and "attrition" was added, meaning that failed attacks improve the chance of future attacks succeeding. This update also added OSX and Linux versions.[24]

Unreleased games

0x10c

0x10c.png

Following the end to his involvement with Minecraft, Notch began pre-production of an alternate reality space game set in the distant future on March 2012. On April Fools' Day, Mojang launched a satirical website for Mars Effect, citing the lawsuit with Bethesda as an inspiration.[25] However, the gameplay elements remained true and on April 4, Mojang revealed 0x10c as a space sandbox title.[26] It was eventually archived by Notch, as he didn't have the inspiration any more.

Rex Kwon Do

Until July 2012, Mojang was co-developing a video game called Rex Kwon Do alongside an undisclosed developer. Before the title had reached a significant stage of development, Mojang canceled the collaboration, due to their lack of involvement and influence on the project.[27]

Employees

Current employees

Game developers

Name
[17]
Mojang avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Favorite games Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Jens 'Jeb' Bergensten[29] Jens - Mojang avatar.png Lead creative designer (Minecraft Java and Pocket Editions) Starcraft, Doom 2, Don’t Look Back Eating cheese doodles with chopsticks[30] @jeb_ Fun Fact #328: The facial hair right below his lower lip is brighter than the rest. He's also a redditor!
Nathan 'Dinnerbone' Adams[31] Dinnerbone - Mojang avatar.png Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @Dinnerbone Member of the Bukkit team. Known as Foreverabone on his Twitter page.
Erik 'Grum' Broes[31] Mojavatar grum.png Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @_grum Member of the Bukkit team.
Jon Kågström Jon - Mojang avatar.png Game developer (Scrolls) @jonkagstrom Used to work as an AI programmer at DICE on Battlefield.
Aron Nieminen Aron - Mojang avatar.png Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition and Scrolls) He's very bright. His hair looks like a blue, woolen cap.
Måns Olson Mans - Mojang avatar.png Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @MansOlson
Michael 'Searge' Stoyke[32] Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @SeargeDP Founder of the Mod Coder Pack (MCP)
Thomas 'ProfMobius' Guimbretière[33] Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @ProfMobius Co-founder of the Mod Coder Pack (MCP)
Agnes 'LadyAgnes' Larsson[34] Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @_ladyagnes
Maria Lemón Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @MiaLem_n
Shoghi Cervantes Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition) Likes everything that uses electricity[35] @shoghicp Founder of PocketMine
Daniel Wustenhoff Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition) Likes pizza, and code @darngeek
Tomas Alaeus Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition) @talaeus
Mikael 'Slicedlime' Hedberg Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition) @slicedlime

Artists

Name
[17]
Mojang avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Favorite games Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Markus 'Junkboy' Toivonen[29] Junkboy - Mojang avatar.png Art director Wild Guns, Metal Slug, Full Throttle Laying down digital mosaic.[30] @jnkboy Very mysterious. Some say he doesn't even exist.
Mattis 'BombBoy' Grahm Mattis - Mojang avatar.png Artist (Scrolls) Time travel. @BomuBoi Bombs. (He has one on his T-shirt, ooh...)
Henrik 'Carnalizer' Pettersson[36] Henrik - Mojang avatar.png Production manager of Scrolls
Artist
Developer of Crown and Council
Board games, strategy games, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life, Minecraft Extreme procrastination. @carnalizer Is the oldest person employed by Mojang.
Martin Johansson Graphic designer
Ninni Landin Graphic designer @ninnilandin
Mariana 'RazzleberryFox' Graham Animator, Modeler and Texture Artist @RazzleberryFox
Johan Aronson Lead Pixel Designer @johanaronson
Filip Thoms Product designer
Amanda Strom Product designer
Jasper Boerstra Pixel Artist @JasperBoerstra

Web/system development

Name
[17]
Avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Daniel Frisk Frisk - Mojang avatar.png Chief architect @danfrisk He never works on Fridays.
Leonard 'xlson' Gram[37] Leo - Mojang avatar.png Web developer Can recite the entire alphabet by memory. @xlson
Kristoffer Jelbring[38] Kris - Mojang avatar.png Web developer Being Mojang's unofficial DJ. @KrisJelbring Peace.
Martin Odhelius Web developer @modhelius
Tomas Sommar Web developer @tomassommar
Pär Axelsson Web developer @paera
Stefan Torstensson Web developer
Robert Sjodahl Web developer @robertsjodahl
Torbjorn Allard Web developer

Realms development

Name
[17]
Avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Favorite game(s) Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Marc Watson Marc - Mojang avatar.png Realms content manager Minecraft, Mass Effect, Halo, The Elder Scrolls Performs improv comedy @Marc_IRL Started Minecraft Marathon[39]
Philip 'Zee' Vieira Realms developer @zeeraw
Olof Carlson[40] Realms developer @olofcarlson
Christian Westman[41] Realms developer @westmaaan
Alexandre Pretto[42] Realms developer @alexandrepretto
Fredrik Telenius Realms developer @fredriktelenius

Business development

Name
[17]
Mojang avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Favorite games Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Lydia 'MinecraftChick' Winters Lydia - Mojang avatar.png Brand director Minecraft, Oregon Trail Having bright-colored hair. @LydiaWinters Minecraft was the second video game she played.
Karin Severinson Karin - Mojang avatar.png Chief financial officier @KarinSeverinson
Patrick Geuder Geuder - Mojang avatar.png Business developer @pgeuder
Vu Bui Chief operating officer @vubui
Owen 'Bopogamel' Jones Director of creative communications @bopogamel Former PC Gamer web editor.
Jonas Mårtensson[43] Studio head @maartensson Carl Manneh's twin brother.
Marina Kostesic Senior financial accountant
Brynjólfur 'Binni' Erlingsson Data warehouse manager @brynjolfur
Aleksandra 'Ola' Zajac Project manager @missmarzenia
Lisa Kempe Project manager
Isabella Balk Office manager
Siri Hoel Andersson Office manager @sirihoel
Marsh Davies Creative communications manager @marshdavies
Ulrika Hojgard Project director
Josefina Axelsson Financial assistant @vitasparven
Tom Stone Creative communications assistant @thetomstrange
Mikaela Prim Studio manager
Nicolette Suraga Project manager
Brand director
@nicolettesuraga
Karim Wallden Head of community relations @karimwallden
Tobias Ahlin Lead experience designer @tobiasahlin
Rikard Herlitz Chief technology officer @goocoder Founder and CTO of Goo Create
Amelia Dale Head of social @amelialkd

Mojang support

Name
[17]
Position
[17]
Favorite games Twitter
[18]
Hampus Nilsson Customer support manager
Nasim Derakhshan Customer support agent
Sarah Mårtensson Customer support agent
David Stuart Dahlgren Customer support agent @hejstuart
Mattias Victorin Customer support agent @mattiasvictorin
Elli Ashrafi Customer support agent
Josefin Olsson Customer support agent
Adrian Östergård Customer support agent
Adam Martinsson Customer support agent
Cim Borg Customer support agent Mass Effect @cim_xii
Marcus Forss Customer support agent

Brand enforcement

Name
[17]
Position
[17]
Twitter
[18]
Brandon Andersson Brand enforcer
Talia Grunt Brand enforcer
Milla Stone Brand enforcer
Karl Lowry Brand enforcer
Mathias Andersson Brand enforcer
Anna Klingberg Brand enforcer
Olle Personne Brand enforcer
Matilda Åkerman Brand enforcer
Anna Lundgren Brand enforcer @ianna_na_na
Maria Malone Brand enforcer

Contractors

Name Task Twitter Notes
57Digital Developers of Minecraft Explorer, the official Minecraft companion guide for iOS, as well as the official Minecraft Skin Studio. @57digital Jamie Chapman and Luke Dixon
Nikolaj Nyholm Has assisted Mojang with their early business development. @nikolaj
Daniel 'C418' Rosenfeld Making the music and sounds for Minecraft and 0x10c. @c418 Has high self-esteem!
Paul Spooner Assisted with the development of Minecraft's trees. @dudecon
Kristoffer Zetterstrand Made the paintings for Minecraft. @zetterstrand The subject of a Wikipedia article, and Notch is his brother-in-law!
4J Studios Developers of the Console Editions of Minecraft @4JStudios Developed Banjo-Kazooie for Xbox.
Garry 'Army of Trolls' J Lucken Made the skins for the Pocket Edition Skin packs and some skins in the Halloween and Skin Pack 3 Skin packs for Console Edition[44][45] @armyoftrolls

Publishers

Name Edition Twitter
Mojang Minecraft Java, Wii U, Nintendo Switch and Pocket Editions (excluding Windows Phone) @mojang
Microsoft Studios Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One Edition, Windows Phone Edition and Windows 10 Edition @msstudiosblog
Sony Computer Entertainment Minecraft PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Editions @playstation

Former employees

Name
[17]
Mojang avatar
[3]
Position
[17]
Favorite games Special talent Twitter
[18]
About: Mojang AB: Employees
[28]
Markus 'Notch' Persson Notch - Mojang avatar.png Founder of Mojang, creator of Minecraft
Game developer
Dungeon Master 2, Doom, X-Com Can look directly at the sun with only minor permanent damage.[30] @notch 1. Enjoy games 2. Pick up programming 3. ???? 4. Profit

His beard has been shaved for charity.[46]

When Mojang was sold to Microsoft, he left the company soon after along with the other two founders.

Tobias Möllstam[47] Tobias - Mojang avatar.png Web developer Developing tight webs to capture customers. @mollstam One day he decided to eat failure and shit success. True story.
Carl Manneh[47] Carl - Mojang avatar.png Founder of Mojang
Chief Executive Officer
FIFA 10, Resident Evil, Tetris Cloning himself.[30] @carlmanneh Used to be Notch's old boss. His last name sounds like "money" and he is Mojang's business guy. Coincidence?
Daniel 'Kappische' Kaplan[48] Kappische - Mojang avatar.png Business developer Street Fighter IV, Tetris DS, Zelda: A Link to the Past Typing very fast.[30] @Kappische On his Skype picture he looks like a pirate.
Warren 'EvilSeph' Loo[31][49] EvilSeph - Mojang avatar.png Game developer @EvilSeph Leader of the Bukkit team.
Jakob Porsér Jakob - Mojang avatar.png Founder of Mojang
Game developer (Scrolls)
X-Com 2, Master of Magic, Diablo 2 Recursive for loops.[30] @JahKob Made another game (Scrolls) along with Minecraft. His pants defy gravity and suspenders alike.
Johan Bernhardsson Bernhardsson - Mojang avatar.png Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) Half-Life 2, Bloodline Champions @jbernhardsson Previously worked as a Half-Life 2 modder, a minigame developer and a software engineer. Was a programmer for Stunlock Studios on strategy game Bloodline Champions. Previously a Minecraft Pocket Edition developer. He no longer works for Mojang. He now works in Malmö.
Ryan 'TheMogMiner' Holtz[32] Game developer (Minecraft Java Edition) @TheMogMiner Previously worked on Scaleform
Tommaso 'tommo' Checchi Game developer (Minecraft Pocket Edition) Wasting time[50] @_tomcc Previously worked on Cobalt's game engine.

Tomasso now works for development of Pocket Edition at Microsoft Studios.

Anton Albiin Customer support agent @ettglasvatten
Hayden 'Dock' Scott-Baron[51][52] Artist @docky Joined in December 2009, but left shortly after in February 2010 due to work-related issues.
Poi Poi Chen Artist (Scrolls) Dota 2 @poipoichen
Nathan 'Tahg' Gilbert[31][53] Minecraft server development @tahgtahv Former member of the Bukkit team.
Linn Hultman Office manager @linnsebumsan Was Notch's personal assistant.
Andreas 'hideous' Jörgensen Customer support agent @hideous_
Joe Liu Customer support agent @joebleh Worked with Marc Watson at a previous job.
Amir Moulavi Minecraft Realms lead developer
Web developer
@mamirm
Mike 'ClayHero' Till Customer support agent @e_claymore Worked with Marc Watson at a previous job.
Bella 'Broontoo'[54] Project manager @broontoo
Andreas Andersson Customer support agent Dota 2 @blurpiandy Creating videos related to Dota 2
Jonatan 'eldrone' Pöljö Designator @eldrone
David Marby[55] Realms developer @DMarby

Former contractors

Name Task Twitter
Gary M. Community Manager (Scrolls)[56] @atmaz
Gareth Community Manager (Scrolls)[57] @seemescrollin

Office tour

Gallery

References

  1. https://twitter.com/marc_irl/status/610555752504262657
  2. http://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/331367
  3. a b c d e f g http://www.mojang.com/about
  4. https://twitter.com/xboxp3/status/530368089418784768
  5. Talk:Mojang_AB#On_the_topic_of_how_Mojang_and_Microsoft_Studios_and_so_forth_are_presented
  6. http://www.scrolls.com
  7. http://scrollsdev.tumblr.com/post/75801791192/team-changes
  8. http://mojang.com/2011/03/02/introducing-our-new-game-scrolls
  9. https://twitter.com/notch/status/126196998826242048
  10. http://scrolls.com/2012/07/ready-set-alpha
  11. http://scrolls.com/2013/06/weve-hit-open-beta-scrolls-is-now-on-sale
  12. https://mojang.com/2014/12/scrolls-released-on-pc-mac-and-android-tablets/
  13. https://scrolls.com/2015/06/its-been-a-blast-automaton
  14. https://mojang.com/2016/02/cobalt-is-now-available-to-download/
  15. http://www.playcobalt.com
  16. http://www.playcobalt.com
  17. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/331367-employees
  18. a b c d e f g h i j https://twitter.com/Mojang/mojang-employees
  19. "Play Crown and Council - a new, free game!" – Mojang, April 22, 2016
  20. "Minecraft Devs Release Crown And Council Free" – Minecraft.net, April 22, 2016
  21. "Mojang releases a free strategy game called Crown and Council" – Pcgamer, April 22, 2016
  22. "Minecraft Dev Releases Surprise Free Game on Steam" – Gamespot, April 22, 2016
  23. "Mojang's Crown and Council: From hobby project to Steam release" – Http:, May 25, 2016
  24. "Crown and Council gets royally updated, still free" – Rockpapershotgun, 31 January 2017
  25. http://www.shadowlocked.com/201203312487/news/minecraft-creator-scores-april-fool-with-project-mars-effect.html
  26. http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/04/03/mojang-registers-website-for-its-new-game-0x10c
  27. http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/25/notch-on-why-minecraft-still-isnt-on-steam/
  28. a b c d e f http://web.archive.org/web/20110703132049/http://www.minecraft.net/support/
  29. a b http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2060360123/bug-update-4-and-were-six-people-in-the-office-now
  30. a b c d e f http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/12/14/minecraft-dev-diary-staff-intro-clan-cloaks/
  31. a b c d https://mojang.com/2012/02/minecraft-team-strengthened/
  32. a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttBSiK01Mdg&t=26m34s
  33. https://bugs.mojang.com/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=ProfMobius
  34. https://bugs.mojang.com/secure/ViewProfile.jspa?name=FruBasilicum
  35. @shoghicp
  36. https://twitter.com/carlmanneh/status/100495725879758848
  37. https://twitter.com/notch/status/123295374076153856
  38. https://twitter.com/notch/status/149643862191783937
  39. http://about.me/marcwatson
  40. https://twitter.com/olofcarlson/status/714747745727328257
  41. https://twitter.com/westmaaan/status/716864352880627712
  42. “Welcome to the Realms team, @alexandrepretto! Ele fala português!”@Marc_IRL, January 12, 2017
  43. https://mojang.com/2013/10/mojang-invents-cloning-technology/
  44. https://mojang.com/2015/05/pocket-edition-getting-skins-chicken-jockeys-more/
  45. https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/258603048392347648
  46. http://www.mojang.com/2013/03/we-raised-more-than-500000-notchs-beard-is-shaved/
  47. a b http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2582321901/2011-here-we-go
  48. http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1114516935/three-man-strong
  49. https://twitter.com/EvilSeph/status/385537792794959872
  50. @_tomcc
  51. http://notch.tumblr.com/post/295397619/the-minecraft-artist-is-dock
  52. http://notch.tumblr.com/post/372279446/dock-is-no-longer-involved-with-the-project
  53. https://twitter.com/tahgtahv/status/230343513143918592
  54. https://twitter.com/mojang/status/615505566639783936
  55. https://twitter.com/carlmanneh/status/465821753445720064
  56. http://scrollsdev.tumblr.com/post/124058513081/scrolls-faq
  57. http://scrollsdev.tumblr.com/post/124058513081/scrolls-faq
  58. https://minecraft.net/images/realms/footer-mojang-logo.png
  59. https://twitter.com/jnkboy/status/240502439965491200
  60. https://twitter.com/Dinnerbone/status/241726943240785920
  61. https://twitter.com/notch/status/292254246756294656
  62. https://twitter.com/Dinnerbone/status/304647396711886849
  63. https://twitter.com/Marc_IRL/status/347017493723901952

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