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Minecraft developer Mojang expanding staff, premises

New hires and contracts as Minecraft gets hacker protection following DDoS

Mojang Specifications, developer of indie sensation Minecraft, is hiring new staff and moving into larger offices as part of the preparation to form a new company and begin work on a second game.

The indie dev has also invested in new protection to prevent the denial of service attacks made against the game's multiplayer modes, and a new server to help cope with the changes due in the forthcoming Halloween update.

Speaking on his blog, Mojang head Markus Persson claimed things were progressing well for the company.

"We had a meeting today where we signed the final papers for the new company! All the details are worked out, everyone is on board, and things are looking good.

"We're working on setting up a straight credit card purchasing option for people who rather not use Paypal, and I think we're pretty close to having that deal finalized with our bank. I should be able to start implementing that soon after the Halloween update," wrote Persson.

"I've also signed up for a DDoS protection service, and took the chance to upgrade the server hardware to a much more powerful beast. I haven't migrated things over to that server yet, but that's coming soon."

Recently, it emerged that lifetime sales of Minecraft had reached $3.8 million, giving Mojang the funds to start a new studio and begin work on a new game.

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