Minecraft team 'plots indie publishing business'

Minecraft team 'plots indie publishing business'

By Rob Crossley

May 17th 2011 at 10:04AM

Swedish studio 'hopes to have co-published games released by the autumn'

Minecraft studio Mojang Specifications will co-publish other indie games in a matter of months, an executive at the company has said.

The Sweden studio’s business development director, Daniel Kaplan, claimed that other indie games could thrive with the Mojang brand behind it.

“We are in a great spot right now, we can basically do whatever we want to," Kaplan said in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz

He said the firm “hopes to have something out this fall at least, some co-published games.”

Kaplan claimed the offers were coming in thick and fast, “from hardware manufacturers, other publishers, advert networks, all that stuff”.

“We're looking into publishing our own games too though, bringing indie games under our own brand,” he added.

“We're still having to figure out how that's going to work out.

“The hardest thing for us right now is to say no to all the deals we're being offered. There are tons of opportunities out there for us right now.”

Mojang’s debut title, Minecraft, has made over £19 million for its creator Markus Persson so far, according to the Swedish developer.

Persson is also considering opening a dedicated Minecraft conference in Las Vegas. He proposes that the event, tentatively scheduled for November 11th, would tie in with the release of a final, complete version of Minecraft.

He has set up a vote on his blog to see if there is an interest in his idea.