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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