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Microsoft Confirms Minecraft Acquisition

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Microsoft Confirms Minecraft Acquisition

Microsoft Confirms Minecraft Acquisition

  

Microsoft Confirms that they have acquired Mojang, the developer of Minecraft for $2.5bn USD. Microsoft made this purchase saying that they "believe in the power of content to unite people" and purchasing this very popular gaming Developer and the Minecraft IP will "help us reach new gamers across multiple platforms".

Microsoft also said that they will not delete or stop the selling or further development of minecraft on non-Microsoft platforms.

 

 

Mojang today also made a post on their own website to discuss why they sold to Microsoft and assured users that Minecraft will continue to be developed and evolve well into the future.

 

"There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Of course, Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices that they might make in the future.

We’re extremely proud of all editions and the awesome things you have achieved through playing together."

 

One of the main reasons for the sale was the pressure on Notch, the founder of Mojang and Majority Shareholder, as his responsibilities to Mojang/Minecraft have kept him away from working on smaller, less stressful, projects.

 

"As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.

There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way."

 

The long term future of Mojang and Minecraft is unknown at this point, but be sure that Microsoft has the funds and expertise to build on their already global success. It is undeniable that Microsoft will use the Minecraft IP to drive sales of their hardware platforms, whether Windows or XBOX, but hopefully this will not be at the expense of the users on other platforms.

Join the discussion on Microsoft's Minecraft Acquisition on the OC3D Forums.

 

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Most Recent Comments

15-09-2014, 11:29:07

SeekaX
Oh microsoft. It's too late for that, who cares about minecraft anymore.Quote

15-09-2014, 11:34:22

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeekaX View Post
Oh microsoft. It's too late for that, who cares about minecraft anymore.
Its still popular among some and there are many improvements to be made.Quote

15-09-2014, 13:18:44

Zoot
Yet another acquisition from a company that can't get revenue growth otherwise. Seems to be all the range now. Quote
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