Minecraft has now officially joined Microsoft. P
Microsoft just announcedÂ that it has purchasedÂ Mojang, creators of one of the most popular games in history, in a $2.5 billion deal. Which is more, all three of Mojang’s original founders, including Markus “Notch” Persson, will leaveÂ Mojang following the acquisition.
“The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises âHalo,â âForza,â âFableâ and more. Microsoftâs investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable âMinecraftâ players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the âMinecraftâ community,” Microsoft wrote in a press release.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. Subject to customary closing conditions and any regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close in late 2014,” the company added.
Microsoft also unveiled some statistics: “Available across multiple platforms, âMinecraftâ is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, by players since its launch in 2009. âMinecraftâ is one of the top PC games of all time, the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for iOS and Android in the US. The âMinecraftâ community is among the most active and passionate in the industry, with more than 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 alone in the past two years. Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.”
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talks about the acquisition in an Xbox Wire blog post,Â and confirmsÂ that the official Minecraft convention, Minecon, will continue next year under the wings of Microsoft.
“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 â including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC,” he said.
âGaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,â said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. âMinecraft is more than a great game franchise â 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.â
âThe âMinecraftâ players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of âMinecraft,ââÂ said Carl Manneh, CEO, Mojang. âAs the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the gameâs success far into the future.â
ââMinecraftâ is one of the most popular franchises of all time,â said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. âWe are going to maintain âMinecraftâ and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.â