Rumours have been floating around the internet for the past few days of a possible purchase by Microsoft of the Minecraft creators' studio, Mojang. Well, Microsoft confirmed that the rumours were true today by announcing the purchase of the Swedish-based developer.
Joining Microsoft Studios, Microsoft's videogame development studio, Mojang's Minecraft will sit alongside the likes of Halo and Forza within Microsoft's library of titles.
In a press release Microsoft said their 'investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community.'
The deal is expected to close towards the end of 2014 for a staggering $2.5 billion.
Speaking about the acquisition Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella said, 'gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,' he continued by saying, 'Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.'
Microsoft plan to continue the game's availability across all the platforms it's currently available on, so there's no worries about exclusivity occurring.
Mojang also provided an update today saying, 'yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.' The post goes on to talk about why the company sold Minecraft saying:
'Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.
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.
Minecraft means many different things to millions of people across the world, and to each and every Mojangsta. We feel that this is the best way for everyone – you guys included – to benefit.'
The post goes on to reassure players about the multiple platforms, the future of the game, the staff at Mojang and their other project, Scrolls.
The video below shows Xbox boss Phil Spencer talking about the purchase.
So, what do you think about this huge purchase by Microsoft? Do you play Minecraft, and if so, on which platform?