Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Buys Minecraft

Tech giant Microsoft Corporation has purchased Minecraft and the studio that designed the game for an incredible $2.5 billion.

Microsoft said it reached an agreement with Minecraft’s Swedish game developer Mojang to buy the company sometime during this year. Although there were rumors well over a week ago Microsoft confirmed it until today on their website.

Minecraft is one of the most popular games ever, boasting more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009 and 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years.

Mojang will be joining other Microsoft-owned global studios like 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, and Lionhead Studios just to name a few. Minecraft will now be alongside popular franchises like Halo, Forza, and Fable.

We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come. – Phil @XboxP3

Plans include to support and continue to develop editions in iOS, Android, Vita, PS3, PS4, Mac, in addition to Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Microsoft also confirmed that MINECON will continue next year and will seek more ways for YouTuber’s, innovators, bloggers and players to connect with each other both in person and online.


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