Pretty obvious that that the unending and increasingly vile attacks by the gamerghazi crowd, put some serious fear into such a well known/publicly available figure like Persson. So he peaced out before "the internet" started showing up at his house. Great job "Gamers!" Keep it up and there will be no talent willing to stand in front of your mob, pitchforks hurt.
Sure sweet sweet moolah is a fine incentive, maybe not so much if you live in a country with a 79% income tax and your splitting it three ways. Persson directly states that watching "This is Phil Fish" (a video that examines the "hatred" that surrounds one of games' more polarizing figures. HINT: Phil Fish isn't hated but there are enough trolls to chase him away from games) was when he started thinking about his place in a "community" that only demands more, while dumping vitriol on anyone they perceive as slighting them. Good for Notch, run like hell from this collapsing bridge.
So they pay for a company while the company's talent bolts? Doesn't sound right. I guess they are just banking on the fact that whatever Mincraft 2 ends up being, good or bad, it's just going to sell a billion copies and they will get a good ROI that way.
Microsoft isn't buying Mojang as much as they are buying a brand. My news post was a bit tongue-in-cheek because obviously Microsoft doesn't care about anything else Mojang may be doing. It's all about Minecraft's impact on the younger audience. That said, Minecraft does pretty well saleswise. It moves an average of 10k units a day. That's going to take a while to hit $2bn profit, but that's not something you can easily dismiss either.