Mojang Hires Bukkit Modders to Create New Minecraft API
A post over on RockPaperShotgun reports that Mojang, the developers of Minecraft (as if you didn’t already know) has hired Bukkit, a team of programmers who have been working to improve the game in an unofficial capacity. Now that they’ve been hired, Bukkit will be working to improve Minecraft’s API, or Application Programming Interface, so that “Minecraft will finally support proper modding.”
ALL OF THIS IS CONFUSING TO ME. But the long and the short of it is that this group of modders who were putting in tons of time to improve the game for free are now going to be paid, which, you know, shows why it’s a good idea to pay attention in math class.
Mojang offered this statement about the acquisition:
“The plan is to build a fresh server API, and then extend it to support client-side modding (in one way or another). We will try to make it easy for bukkit users to convert if they wish to do so, but backwards compatibility is not guaranteed. We will, however, help bukkit to be compatible with 1.2, to avoid having a long gap while you wait for the official Minecraft server to catch up.”
Man, so many words that mean things. Again, the gist of everything is that Minecraft’s got some problems, and Bukkit, it seems, has the solutions.
So, yay! Right?