Microsofts Mojang Buyout To Be Confirmed Today, Plans For Mobile Minecraft Future Reve

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:43 AM
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UPDATE: $2.5 billion sale of Mojang to Microsoft confirmed

Microsoft’s buyout of Mojang is expected to be announced later today, and the previously rumoured fee of $2 billion has risen to an even more staggering $2.5 billion deal. Microsoft's aim with this purchase is reportedly to expand Minecraft’s mobile reach, a move that could prove decisive or ultimately futile for Microsoft’s attempts to keep Windows Phone relevant.

We first heard of the deal late last week, when it was revealed that Microsoft was readying a $2 billion deal, for which Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson was expected to pocket a mammoth $1.4 billion. Since then the offer has shot up $500 million and Microsoft has made its intentions for the future of Minecraft a little clearer.

Currently occupying around 2.5 per cent of the global smartphone market, Windows Phone has some catching up to do if it wants to take on the might of Android and iOS. Reports indicate that Minecraft will be created for Microsoft’s mobile platform and its range of Surface tablets after Notch said last year that he wouldn’t be developing a version for Windows Phone because of the tiny audience.

The phenomenon that is Minecraft has made its way onto nearly every platform since its alpha release on PC in 2009, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android, leaving Windows Phone out in the cold. The move makes sense to capture some of the more than 50 million people playing Minecraft, with Microsoft also planning to license out the IP for Minecraft toys and movies further down the line.

The good news for those currently playing Minecraft is that Microsoft currently has no plans to remove the game from rival platforms for the foreseeable future. Do you think Minecraft could be the kickstart that Windows Phone needs? Or is focusing on mobile a forecast of doom and gloom for the bestselling game? Let us know!

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03:34 Sep-16-2014

Say goodbye to minecraft on linux.

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14:08 Sep-16-2014

Agreed. I just bought it two weeks ago, then a few days later MS.

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21:22 Sep-15-2014

There is one thing i hope happens but it probably wont is that Microsoft convince Mojang to convert it to DirectX which would make it awesome
The performance even on bad gpu's would be amazing
Might actually run decently on intel graphic

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20:47 Sep-15-2014

"You need Games For Windows Live to Play Minecraft" R.I.P Minecraft :C

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15:17 Sep-15-2014

After being negative about it, I kind of accept it, or even have hopes that MS will do some good things with it. Let's wait

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15:11 Sep-15-2014

Will the ps3/ps4 and psvita version be alive or will microsoft kill those projects and continue on pc and xb360/xbone?

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15:18 Sep-15-2014

it's written in the article. they will continue, at least for now.

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13:58 Sep-15-2014

I knew Minecraft was popular, but I had no idea it was worth 2.5 billion dollars. That's an insane amount of money to spend on one game. They could have bought a dozen game studios for that same amount.

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12:29 Sep-15-2014

Yay! this has finally interested me to the fullest! Bang bang Microcraft. Wait wait, what is this about? Microsoft buying Minecraft? I don't give a damn.

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12:25 Sep-15-2014

Well think about... If you were Notch why wouldn't you sell out for that much money. I mean who wouldn't

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12:41 Sep-15-2014

It's more the fact that it's apparently Notch who started the talks in the first place. But yeah, I agree, anybody would sell out for that much money

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14:24 Sep-15-2014

Read the blog post about it on the Minecraft website (I think). I think he didn't want a big company and just decided to sell he so he didn't have to care about it or something.

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11:58 Sep-15-2014

Although this deal kind of creeps me out, especially because it's Microsoft, I don't think it's going to change much. PC version that is. Apart from the fact that they're going to attract even more kids to it with toys and a kids movie. I liked the Lego Movie though so who knows.

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11:55 Sep-15-2014

So No Minecraft On Mac ?
Thats Graet Only IDIOTS Buy Mac For Anything Except Facebook
And i****.

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15:13 Sep-15-2014

Hey, guess what, how about the playstation minecraft version? 3 consoles that may be wiped out if m$ is going to be a scumbag.

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