Microsoft Oficially Acquiring Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

Microsoft officially announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic Minecraft franchise, for a a smooth $2.5 Billion.

Minecraft, available across multiple platforms, 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. Minecraft 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.

According to Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft "Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year," He continued "Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – 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."

While Carl Manneh, CEO, Mojang said "The 'Minecraft' 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 'Minecraft,' " He continued "As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future."

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises like: Halo, Forza, Fable and much more. Microsoft is also planning to keep Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

Check out Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, as he discusses Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft and Microsoft’s respect and admiration for the Minecraft community.

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