Microsoft has confirmed that they have bought Minecraft developer Mojang. This deal has been rumored to cost them $2.5 billion.
Minecraft is an incredibly popular world builder simulator that originally launched on PC in 2009. It has been downloaded more than 100 million times on a wide variety of devices including smartphones, PC, and consoles. Minecraft was recently released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was in-development for the PlayStation Vita.
Speaking on this occasion, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox Division confirmed the deal and added:
Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.
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 – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.
Phil Spencer has stressed that Microsoft has no plan of dropping support for their rival platforms. A PlayStation Vita version of Minecraft was currently in-development, to be released soon. The game was also released recently on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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