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Microsoft has bought Mojang


Microsoft has bought Mojang and therefore Minecraft.

Here's the statement:

Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world.

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.



At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

The Minecraft community is passionate and diverse, ranging across all ages and demographics. We respect the brand and independent spirit that has made Minecraft great, and we’ll carry on the tradition of innovation to move the franchise forward. Our investments in cloud, Xbox Live and mobile technology will enable players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect with the Minecraft community.

We’re excited to confirm that MINECON will continue next year. We’ll look to create even more ways for the vibrant community of YouTuber’s, innovators, bloggers and players to connect with each other – both in person and online. We will have much more to share in the coming months.

The Minecraft team’s unique vision, creative energy and innovative mindset make them a perfect fit alongside our other global studios. Microsoft Studios includes 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, and Lionhead Studios just to name a few. These industry-leading game studios within Microsoft that have had great success with beloved games and massively popular franchises like Halo, Forza, and Fable. We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come.


Edited On 15 Sep, 2014

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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Wonder what this means for the Sony's versions of Minecraft
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Other news Notch and other founders are leaving
Zombieflamingo's avatar
Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
They said they will keep it going across all platforms including the pocket ones.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 2 years ago
Cant see the point of this deal especially for the figures speculated as the main guys are leaving so not sure there is going to be many new games from them. I think I read somewhere notch could be getting 1.4bn himself from this deal which is crazy.
Zombieflamingo's avatar
Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
The amount of merchandise alone that gets sold will be a good enough reason. Thats a crazy amount of money he will be getting though.
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
I don't think Microsoft have the rights to outright cancel them but I fully expect that the Playstation versions will have delayed updates
Zombieflamingo's avatar
Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Not sure, it would probably be in the contract with sony to do frequent updates and so on.
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
i think it'll be business as usual in terms on minecraft, microsoft have seen how successful they have been with such a basic game they've decided they want them for future ventures.
PrometheusFan's avatar
PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Yup, PS versions will continue as is... no changes. Meaning Microsoft spent 2.5 billion acquiring an IP that is going to continue to be available on every viable platform going, not just their own. Some might call that a colossal waste of money, as any significant return on investment is likely to be so many years away it'll be pointless. The absolute best part of this though, just for the absurdity of the scenario, is that Mojang's first release under MS ownership is going to be the Vita version of Minecraft. Vita's biggest release of the year comes courtesy of Microsoft Game Studios basically :D
Zombieflamingo's avatar
Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Which will be good for them though as I can see the vita version selling a lot.
PrometheusFan's avatar
PrometheusFan 2 years ago
lol
RTLF's avatar
RTLF 2 years ago
Tbf Prometheus, the chances are that this was a good acquisition on MS's part. Minecraft has made a hell of a lot of money so far and it was a new IP. We all know that successful new IP's usually lead on to even more successful sequels so I'm predicting they'll make a lot of money on this one
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
I agree with RTLF. that's what I was trying to say bit couldn't word it right because I'm abit special so I gave up.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 2 years ago
But will there be a sequel if the creators are not there? Can you have a Minecraft 2 what would change in the sequel?
RTLF's avatar
RTLF 2 years ago
Pretty sure they'll find a way Bindiana, fifa and cod are pretty much the same every year with just a few new aesthetics and touches yet they still sell like hotcakes :)
PrometheusFan's avatar
PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Oh, I don't doubt that MS will make a ton of cash on Minecraft going forward, and I do agree that, all other considerations aside, owning Mojang is definitely nothing to discount so easily... but my point was that is it going to make them enough money to justify a 2.5 billion price tag? How long would it even take to bring in a return on such an investment? To be clear: Buying Mojang definitely wasn't a waste of money, but paying such a crazy amount for it may have been imo.
Hymeleon's avatar
Hymeleon 2 years ago
Very strange deal. How it will help to sell more Xbones to gamers? Because this is real goal now for MS gaming division. Unless we'll know something new and interesting it's totally nothing more than waste of money...
Artemisthemp's avatar
Artemisthemp 2 years ago
So this means the death of Minecraft since Notch leaves
Hymeleon's avatar
Hymeleon 2 years ago
Game's pretty much "dead" anyway. Of course there are sales to be seen yet, but gameplay wise this game is so very wrong for modern day game design standarts. Game has a goal, but has no story leading to it, despite tutorial mode it is practically unplayable without a Wiki or help of expirienced minecraft player, etc. How many more copies of the same old shit they could sell anyway? And again, main question - how it'll help to push more Xbones towards players??
PrometheusFan's avatar
PrometheusFan 2 years ago
" Very strange deal. How it will help to sell more Xbones to gamers?" - Apparently the deal is less about the Xbox division and more about the mobile division.
Hymeleon's avatar
Hymeleon 2 years ago
Apparently it is not...
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
That's you told Kevin

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