It seems that all rumors were true and Microsoft actually purchased Minecraft for the sum of no less than $2.5 billion. Over the weekend, it has been claimed that Microsoft will make the official announcement on Monday and this is exactly what happened.
The famous tech giant confirmed the purchase of Minecraft for a record sum. It has been said that Microsoft’s interest in Minecraft is actually linked to the company’s Xbox and mobile ambitions. It is said that this move can actually represent an important push for the game console. Microsoft also revealed that the deal will be closed by the end of the year.
“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise,” Satya Nadella’s statement said. “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,” the same statement added.
“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” Microsoft CEO explained.
The purchase of Minecraft is not shocking at all, as this actually is one of the most popular games in the world. Microsoft revealed that the game has over 100 million downloads. It currently is available on iOS devices, but also on Android devices. However, Minecraft is not available on Windows Phone, thing expected to change very soon.
Minecraft has been on available for users to access for 3 years now. It currently is the top paid app on Apple Inc’s iOS ad on Google’s Android systems. Mojang, the company which developed Minecraft, was co-founded by Markus Persson about five years ago.
“As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately,” Persson said in a blog post. The co-founder of Mojang also went on to thank everyone for their contribution in making the game so successful. It has been claimed that Persson was the one who approached Microsoft with the purpose for this deal to be closed.
Microsoft revealed on Monday that it plans on making Minecraft available on all platforms, PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.