Microsoft Will Reportedly Announce the Acquisition of Minecraft on Monday for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Will Reportedly Announce the Acquisition of Minecraft on Monday for $2.5 Billion

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Microsoft will announce the acquisition of Minecraft and its creator Mojang on Monday, according to Reuters. The deal is said to be worth $2.5 billion and is motivated by the company's need to draw more users to Windows Phone.

There are currently about 100 million players of Minecraft and Microsoft apparently hopes to draw those players into its Windows Phone system which only has 2.5% of the world's smartphone market.

Enter Minecraft, which is the top paid app both on Apple Inc's iOS and Google Inc's Android systems. Microsoft will unveil a $2.5 billion deal to buy its owner on Monday, according to a source briefed on the matter.

“It seems like Microsoft is looking at Mojang and Minecraft as a way to tap into this enormous cultural phenomenon," said Dave Bisceglia, Chief Executive of independent game studio Tap Lab. "If you look at iOS, Minecraft has been a top-grossing game for quite some time, if Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.”

We'll let you know if the deal goes through on Monday. In the meanwhile, you can purchase Minecraft – Pocket Edition from the App Store for $6.99.

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Microsoft Will Reportedly Announce the Acquisition of Minecraft on Monday for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Will Reportedly Announce the Acquisition of Minecraft on Monday for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Will Reportedly Announce the Acquisition of Minecraft on Monday for $2.5 Billion
Photography101 - September 15, 2014 at 12:52pm
They better rebuild it in something more stable then Java.
Trololo - September 14, 2014 at 6:21pm
The only thing they'll do is move away from java on the desktop because it's garbage. Other then that they'll keep it on all platforms or they'd loose money.
Nat - September 14, 2014 at 6:36pm
If they bother fixing that but don't make a new problem then this money throwing acquisition will be worth it.
Curious Guy - September 14, 2014 at 4:19pm
Predictions: 1) deep Skype integration, 2) move away from Java as the desktop engine (Silverlight? Ugh!), 3) "win phone only" features, 4) Microsoft account required for any sort of multi-user experience, 5) some sort of in app purchase (buy diamonds, buy armor), 6) integration with Bing Maps (click to turn this map into a minecraft world), 7) Minecraft System Center 2014 R2. (Last one was a joke, rest are serious)
gd - September 14, 2014 at 3:11pm
minecrafy is fucked now.... like skype etc -
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