Microsoft responds to 10 year old's plea not to ruin Minecraft

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Xbox's Phil Spencer has written in response to Sabrina Lane's open letter last week.

After Microsoft confirmed that they're purchasing the Minecraft creators, Mojang, for $2.5 billion last week, one 10 year old fan of the game was prompted to write an open letter urging the company's CEO, Satya Nadella, not the change it. In response to her letter Xbox head Phil Spencer has put to rest Sabrina's concerns.

Spencer thanks Sabrina for her letter and explains he is a fan of Minecraft too. He also says they 'plan to keep all the things that people love about Minecraft the same.'

The reply comes via Fortune and is laid out in full below:

'September 15, 2014

Dear Sabrina,

I saw your letter to Satya last week and since we announced today that Microsoft is buying Minecraft, I wanted to send you a reply.

Thank you for taking the time to explain all the reasons you, your friends and even your parents love Minecraft. I liked your letter and I am really glad that you are a fan of the game. Minecraft is all the things you said it is – educational, creative and most of all, fun.

I am very lucky that my job lets me work with game creators from around the world. I get to play amazing games every day. I guess it is not surprising that I love Minecraft, too.

One of the best things for me is that I see so many people making great things in Minecraft. I have this dream that a bunch of new game creators are learning and building their very first “game” using Minecraft. It is really cool that you can create whatever you want – in the real world or using your imagination to make your own world. As a fan of the game, you know that the possibilities are endless. You never know, Sabrina, if you study hard and keep creating, you might create your own Minecraft one day!

I want you to know that we plan to keep all the things that people love about Minecraft the same. We will look for ways to make Minecraft better with more opportunities for players to play, connect and share together.

Keep the feedback coming and I hope you and your friends (maybe even Ruth) will love playing Minecraft for many years to come.


Phil Spencer

Head of Xbox, @XboxP3'

Phil Spencer also tweeted a couple of days ago to assure Minecraft YouTubers that the content they create in the game, and share for the world to see, will also be safe from any changes.

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