Reports circulating today indicate that Microsoft may be in the process of buying out Minecraft creator Mojang. The potential takeover would put the 54-million selling indie sensation under the full control of Microsoft. The block-building sandbox has become a worldwide phenomenon in the years since its release; everyone and their dog has heard of it in some capacity, there’s even a range of Lego sets.
With success like that it obviously wasn’t going to be long until one of the big boys started muscling in on the action, and reports indicate Mojang and Microsoft are in serious discussions over a $2 billion deal for the Swedish company and the rights to Minecraft.
The Wall Street Journal states that insider knowledge suggests the deal could be done as soon as this week. $2 billion seems like a big stack of cash though, despite Mojang reporting profits of $100 million last year. Microsoft’s long-term goals with this aren’t very clear; the software giant hasn’t exactly been a godsend for PC gaming in recent years. There’s every chance Microsoft could be intending on making Minecraft 2 an Xbox exclusive. As it stands they’re keeping quiet, but it looks like we should hear some concrete info very soon indeed.
Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is usually pretty vocal on issues surrounding Minecraft, even tweeting back in 2012 that he’d told Microsoft “to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.” He’s stayed quiet on the matter so far, which tells its own tale.
Since Minecraft’s full release back in 2011 on PC it has gone on to sell more than 50 million copies across all platforms, including 15 million on PC and 12 million on Xbox 360. Minecraft launched just this week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the sales figures don’t seem to show any signs of slowing. What do you think of this potential takeover? What could Microsoft’s long-term goals be for buying Mojang?