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Microsoft purchases Minecraft developer Mojang

Dave Karev

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It’s official everyone, the tech giant Microsoft has bought the indie sensation, Minecraft. The news comes from Microsoft themselves in a press release as Minecraft becomes a part of Microsoft Studios. The deal to acquire Mojang and the IP Minecraft cost a staggering $2.5 billion with the acquisition expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft is expecting to break-even on the purchase in their fiscal year, 2015.

“Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.” Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox said on Xbox Wire.

Microsoft plans on continuing to make Minecraft available on other notable platforms such as iOS and PlayStation as well as confirming Minecon, the Minecraft convention for fans, for next year. It’s clear that Microsoft wants to keep the community intact and not alienate fans of the mega-game.

With more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, it’s no surprise that Microsoft wants a piece of the pie that is Minecraft. The game is insanely popular amongst younger gamers, while still capturing the interest of older ones. Fans will continue mining away as new ones join the Minecraft sensation.

NerdBite founder and news editor. When I'm not writing about video games, I'm out eating sushi and rewatching LOST for the hundredth time. Some of my favorite games include; Wind Waker, Red Dead Redemption, and Witcher 3.

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