Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Mojang, the business behind the preferred crafting game Minecraft. Both Microsoft and Mojang verified the Redmond company paid $$ 2.5 billion for the video gaming franchise business in a discount expected to enclose late 2014.
Microsoft got Minecraft following the video game’s success on the Xbox platform and PC, where it has actually logged over 100 million downloads given that its 2009 launch.
Though its monetary interests are focused on the Xbox and Windows COMPUTER, Microsoft verified that Minecraft formulation could advance all existing gaming platforms, including iOS, where Minecraft Pocket Version [Direct Link] regularly ranks near the top of the paid app charts.
“Video gaming is the leading task throughout gadgets and we view wonderful possible to continuously grow the Minecraft community as well as nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to proceeds to make Minecraft offered throughout platforms– consisting of iOS, Android and PlayStation, along with Xbox and PC.”
As component of the offer, Mojang creators Carl Manneh, Markus Persson (Degree) as well as Jakob Porsér are leaving the company to work with brand-new tasks.
The staying group will continue to working from Mojang under the guidance of Microsoft, which anticipates to redeem its investment by the end of 2015.