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You can count Minecraft creator Markus Persson among those not thrilled with the news of Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of hot virtual reality startup Oculus VR.

Persson took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he is scrapping a potential deal to bring the popular game — which lets users create anything out of 3-D cubes — to the Oculus Rift headset platform, saying "Facebook creeps me out."

In a separate blog post he described on Twitter as a "midnight mind dump on the situation," the Stockholm, Sweden-based Persson elaborated on what had drawn him to the idea of working with Oculus on a virtual reality version of the wildly successful PC game — it's topped 100 million users as it has migrated to game consoles and Android and iOS devices — and why the Facebook deal wrecked it for him.

"Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts. Facebook is not a game tech company," he writes. "Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build."

Persson wrote that after a visit to Oculus a couple of weeks ago, he'd thought "perhaps it would be cool to do a slimmed down version of Minecraft for the Oculus....So I suggested that, and our people started talking to their people to see if something could be done."

He goes on to laud the Oculus engineering team and congratulate both companies on the business deal, but says "this is where we part ways."

Lastly, for anyone wanting a taste of Minecraft in virtual reality, he points folks to "an excellent mod that does this," called Minecrift.





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