Microsoft now owns Minecraft

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Last week, it was rumoured that Microsoft would be purchasing the company responsible for the blocky phenomenon known as Minecraft. Today the Redmond company has confirmed that it now owns Mojang and its properties.

Microsoft put the news up on its Wire service, confirming the $2.5 Billion deal. Here’s what MS has to say.

Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.

Microsoft now owns the company behind Minecraft – but that doesn’t mean they’ll keep it confined to their platforms.

At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

Mojang’s founders – including Marcus “Notch” Persson – have announced they’ll be leaving the company, with much of the staff who’ve been making Minecraft sticking about to keep the game’s regular updates coming.

Microsoft has also confirmed that the Minecraft convention, Minecon, will still exist – just now under MS’s helm. In the end, this should have little effect on Minecraft as you know it; it’ll still be developed for your favourite platform.

Last Updated: September 15, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Ka-ching baby

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I don’t feel bad about aaarrgghhhcquiring minecraft a few weeks ago now…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Wow. OVG – MORE POPCORN STAT!

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      Next gen 30 Blocks per second.

  • TGS Babay (Umar)

    With 2.5 bill we could’ve have some new ip, new projects maybe, but nope just like with TR, MS will just buy whatever they want….Yeah no, I don’t like it one bit. Only one benefiting is Notch. 2.5 BILLION…HOLY FUCK…..sheesh

    • Jonah Cash

      The sad thing is that he probably made a few billion before this….

  • Viking Of Science

    YES! Now Notch can Finally Finance Psychonauts 2…. 🙂

  • JJ the Reus

    Bring it to Steam.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      R10 says MS are going to make it exclusive to a new distribution platform.

      • JJ the Reus

        I will see your R10 and raise you a Steam Sale game of $5

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          ONE DORRAR!

  • Hammersteyn

    “The founders: Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving. We don’t know what
    they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be
    cool.”

    Yeah, the coolest thing you can do with $2.5 billion dollars

    • Scruff304

      Cows on snowboards? That is perhaps the coolest thing this universe would ever experience…

    • Jonah Cash

      Go read his statement, he says that there was no way for him to get away from Minecraft without selling it!! He reckons it has become to big and he can’t step back from it… He says he want his recluse life back, he doesn’t want to be a big thing…
      The bit I liked the most is where he said that if he created anything that started to get traction he would just pull it immediately!! Enough money is enough money!! He has enough!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    How long before we need Games for Windows to play Minecraft?

  • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

    After all the big man person talk and Microsoft men attacks, the Minecraft man threw long term personal dignity succumbing to the vulturous nature of greed.

    In Japan, this would have ended in Seppuku. Such was the level of dishonor.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      If I was him I’d take my billions on holiday to a private island for a few months. The hatred he’s going to get.

      • JJ the Reus

        Or you could just buy the island and live there.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          What, like Rince’s island?

    • David Muller

      US $ 2.5 billion is US $ 2.5 billion. No need to justify yourself to anyone for selling your company for that kind of money.

    • HvR

      I will rather be P0e$ with $2.5billions than a man with morals and a mortgage.

      • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

        Just shows that M$ brings out the worse in people

        • HvR

          I blame my bank balance after debit order day.

        • Pieter Kruger

          Only in you….????

      • Mark Treloar

        Except didn’t he already make hundreds of millions or billions (I Forget) from sales? At the end if he felt he needed more than he already has its just greed. Also for someone who was so adamant that Microsoft was bad for business and refusing to support Minecraft on Windows 8. He really is just a hypocrite.

        • David Muller

          I am assuming you have a long and solid list of legal and safe things you would not do for USD2,5 billion then?

          • Mark Treloar

            Its not really about the money though is this case is it? People don’t expect him to sell out to a company he supposedly disliked.

          • Willem Swanepoel

            money talks baby … money talks

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    Im just waiting for them to throw some money at ROCKSTEADY after SQUARE. It seems the only way to compete with the PS4 is to buy exclusivity.

  • Ryanza

    Microsoft has nearly 20 gaming developing studios. Why is Microsoft not pumping money into those studios to create new and exciting AAA games. That is the only way Microsoft can turn this Xbox One shit around. Every time Microsoft buys or pays for exclusive, they just…. fuck em, let Xbox One fail. Keep doing the opposite of what we expect.

    Halo, Gears, Forza, Minecraft. I guess the way Minecraft looks, represents the Xbox One really well.

    Superhuman, buff, fast and now block heads. Perfect representation. Microsoft knows it’s audience.

    • Mark Treloar

      According to reports Notch actually approached Microsoft. They just chose not to decline.

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      Alan Wake was the last game that made me a proud XBOT.

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    Right. Late to the party but here’s what I am saying:

    Why buy a product like Minecraft? It’s already had it’s “golden run” that part where people buy it like crazy. Sales have slowed down and not many people are going to be buying the game any more. It’s hit that peak and will be on the decline soon I am sure as the market becomes more saturated.

    So why would MS risk spending a metric crap ton of cash on this? I’ll tell you why. Prepare yourself Minecraftians….. Micro-Transactions are coming! Mark my words

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      What about that card game he was developing? MS would probably love some of that sweet Hearthstone cash.

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        I forgot about that

    • Jonah Cash

      Remember there is a lot of merchandise for Minecraft which will still make a bit of money…. 2,5 billion I don’t think so but they should get a quarter of it back…. I hope so for who ever signed this deal because they won’t make it back in sales as you said!!!

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        I still think this was a bad move. They cannot make back that cash. Unless, as I said, they implement microtransactions or some other form of cash grab

        • Jonah Cash

          I didn’t think of Microtransactions till you mentioned it, and now I pretty sure that is what they will do!! You can grind for hours to get the things you need or go and buy them….. Like everything Microsoft and EA….

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I read earlier this morning that MS expects to make back their investment by June 2015, don’t remember where though.

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            Yep. So sad

    • Solotrope

      I feel like a cat just came along and took a big shit in my sandbox

  • Willem Swanepoel

    Money talks baby… money talks.

    Not judging him but ANY man has a price.

    a lot of hate is going to fly to this guy for being so “righteous” and saying he wont do this and then BAM!!

    Who wont sell his business for 2.5 billion.

    He sold over 54mil Minecraft copies across all platforms, and on top of that, he sold his business. Lets say roughly, he made 3.5 billion US in total ?
    Jip, I will also do the same thing … people will get over it and will move on while he sits at his mansion drinking pink drinks with woman who does not have a personality with big features. That is the life … oooohh yeah 😉

    • Jonah Cash

      I read his statement and he even said that if he made something that started to get traction he would pull it, he just wants out of the limelight!! He doesn’t feel like a flag bearer and couldn’t get away from Minecraft!! That is actually bad the thing he created with love turned on him and gave him nightmares!! I would also sell!!!

      • Willem Swanepoel

        I understand why did he sell. He created a monster 😉 out of the love of creating games. He is a creator and the community made it a fast growing monster.

        nah I am just fooling around. All jokes aside.

        Any sane person will sell, with that amount of money, he can do what he loves without any real life worries… maybe prostate issues but yeah ….

        He said it was not about the money but he is just bullshitting himself. Meaning, he didnt start Minecraft for the money, that is true, 5 years later, that changed and I am not saying it is wrong. Who does not want that amount of money for a pet project ?

        Anyway, he is living the dream now 😉 grats to him.

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