Microsoft buys Minecraft, or rather, the company has officially completed the purchase of Mojang, the developer behind the hit game. After heavy rumors these past few days, we now have it official.
The global phenomenon started first started as an alpha project on the PC, has quickly found success on pretty much all other platforms — starting with the Xbox 360 to PS3, PS4, Xbox One, smartphones and tablets, including those powered by iOS and Android.
Redmond has released a statement welcoming the Mojang team. In the words of Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss at 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.”
He was quick to emphasize that Microsoft is not planning to suspend or cancel the game on competing platforms like iOS, Android or Sony consoles. Instead the game will receive more features including cloud and the Xbox Live online service.
Here is a video from Spencer, regarding the acquisition:
The $2.5 billion deal has officially been signed after a lot of negotiations between both parties, making it one of the more expensive purchases in Microsoft’s illustrious history.
Where to now, then, for Minecraft?
Next year’s Minecon is sure to provide more hints.