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It's official: Microsoft acquires Minecraft creator Mojang for $2.5 billion

By Jos
Sep 15, 2014
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  1. Following reports last week that Microsoft and Mojang were in "serious discussions" about a multibillion dollar acquisition, the two have now made it official. In a deal valued at $2.5 billion, the maker of the massively popular sandbox building game...

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  2. It will be Removed from PC and will only Work on Xbox 1
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Thanks go to the same genius who revived tile-based UI from the 90-ties.

    All's fair'n square is MS's new motto.
     
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  4. techanswers1

    techanswers1 TS Rookie

    Might want to edit the numbers of copies from 1.75 million to 17.5 million or higher.
     
  5. Movatheaiur

    Movatheaiur TS Rookie Posts: 28   +7

    Now someone has to tell me what could microsoft do with this company. My imagination comes up with nothing. Can't be because M$ cares about gaming all of a sudden, at least they haven't showed they care on the windows platform.

    So break this down for me in layman's. This acquisition for brand or creative talent?
     
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    Can't really blame him. Can't think of any possessions I own that I wouldn't give up for $1 Billion in my hand. You guys can call him whatever you want but all he'll say is

     
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  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,707   +87

    That number was way too low, my bad. Updated to combined sales of over 54 million units across all platforms as of June this year (around 17 million on PC/Mac).
     
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  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,390   +329

    So Markus has what $3/$3.5billion in the bank now? XD

    It would be EXTREMELY stupid to say no to that deal as microsoft basically spent what $2.5billion on 3-4 titles and only 1 is actually worthy of anything... Microsoft must really want Minecraft on their phone... like BADLY!!!!

    If I had $2.5bill in bank I would seriously consider building a trillion dollar company... its surprisingly easy if you have the ideas and capital ;)
     
  9. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    I think Microsoft has a plan for making that money back from capitalizing off of the multiplayer servers. Clearly they see something in Minecraft that's worth a lot more than 2.5 billion if they are willing to pay that much for it. Maybe they'll start working on a second minecraft, remodeled and targeted for Xbox and PC. Who knows, all I know is Notch is a rich rich man right now.
     
  10. rub900

    rub900 TS Member Posts: 76   +6

    I just wish Microsoft was not such a bunch of robots. Nothing creative has come out of that company in years. Yes Xbox is not creative.
     
  11. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    I'm not worried by what MS will do, it's already clear it will remain platform agnostic, but that they may heavily monetize it to hell with DLC and such.
     
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,481   +2,035

    $2.5 bill wasted on some gaming company right after they laid off 18000 employees, how tactful and discreet of them.
     
  13. Jamesbrah

    Jamesbrah TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +11

    Spoken like someone who has absolutely no concept of business whatsoever.
     
  14. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 647   +227

    Another plan B to try and save Windows from death? Buy MineCraft and bundle it with Windows 9 for free? I don't know but that's what it looks like to me anyway. And then nickel and dime people into the poor house selling DLC content or a yearly subscription to play.

    Seems like way too much money to me. Microsoft needs better negotiation skills.
     
  15. Holotus

    Holotus TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +9

    Microsoft is going to ruin the game. Just take a look at the Xbox version as a prime example.
     
  16. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 508   +45


    Yeah just take a look at the xbox version ... the version created when Microsoft weren't even involved in the company. Seriously wtf are you on about?
     
  17. jishter

    jishter TS Rookie

    WHAT!!! notch why would u sell minecraft I admit $2.5 billion is alot but think about the community how do u think this action might affect us ;( this will leave a scar in or hearts that u sold the game we loved for years to someone
     
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'm fairly certain the best interest of the community was never one of Notch's top priorities. One can only hope that MS keeps it as is. But then how would MS get that 2.5 billion back? To pay 2.5 billion, they must have something huge planned for it.

    Personally as much as I hate Google, I think they should have bought it. Google should have created an entire planet from the data they've collected through Google Street View.
     
  19. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    I wonder if any of these nay saying commenters actually played the game or more to the point tried hosting a server for it.

    I've been running a minecraft server since beta 0.8 for about 4 years now and Mojang has been maintaining the game like CRAP.
    They release updates without any kind of schedule and each update is massively incompatabile with the previous version of the multiplayer plugins etc.
    Then on top of that 90% of the value and fun of the game came from plugins that was developed by the community and butchered into the game by mojang as inferior copies of their former glory before an update broken them.

    The API for the server wasn't even developed by mojang, once again this was done by the community and eventually mojang offered them jobs, 6months later and several updates later there was still no working API.

    Bottom line is, Notch got a hell of a deal, he sat on a golden egg and couldn't manage it. This is a total win/win situation.
    I really wish MS re-writes the server code so servers can handle more than 20 players without the need for 20gb ram and a Xeon CPU with a proper API and supporting the community to keep making amazing plugins for the servers.
     

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