Microsoft Looking to Purchase Minecraft Developer Mojang

Could Minecraft be an Xbox exclusive as early as next week?

Posted By | On 10th, Sep. 2014 Under News


Take this with a grain of salt but Microsoft is apparently looking to acquire Mojang, developer of the hit open world sandbox series Minecraft, for $2 billion. The news comes courtesy of WSJ which says “a person with knowledge of the matter” confirmed that both companies “serious discussions” for an acquisition.

If the news is true, we could see the deal being signed next week itself. So why are we skeptical?

Primarily due to Mojang’s insistence to not be acquired by any one, for one. The studio has rebuked acquisition talks from just about “every major gaming company”. Granted, times can and do change. Microsoft has been able to pull off some seemingly impossible acquisition this year, namely the Gears of War IP and timed exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Regardless, we’ll need to wait and see what the truth is. With more than 54 million copies of Minecraft sold, Microsoft would surely benefit from adding Notch’s baby to its portfolio.

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  • Michael Norris

    This will be the kiss of death for Mojang if this buyout happens.

  • GHz

    2 billion? Why? Well actually I know why but damn. Could’ve bought both Sega and Capcom for that price.

    • Mark

      Yeah but I don’t think MS is gonna pay for something at that price if they didn’t do their homework well enough to justify this. Question is, why would Notch do this? Just for money?! I do know this, Microsoft’s planning to bring out “Threshold”, to unify apps across mobile, Xbox, PC and Tablet. So……Mojang may be compelled by DX12’s scalability to port across platforms easily. But who knows.

    • GHz

      Yeah I know. Just wishful thinking on my part. The reality is Minecraft is officially a heavy hit with the numbers and money earned. I personally do not understand it but many do. Great analysis on your part.

      People should take note that MS is not afraid to cross platform. They’ve done work for Nintendo.

  • Mark

    Never could get into MineCraft………..but now I’ma see what this means!


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