Microsoft buys up Minecraft

16 September 2014

Microsoft have been shopping and have bought Mojang, who own Minecraft. The computery GIANT has shelled out $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion) for it too.


The Swedish-based company Mojang's popular Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies, and lets players build structures in their own little world, but can connect up with other users and have battles and the like.

Mojang's three founders will leave the company - possibly to build a house made out of gold - but have assured fans that "everything is going to be OK".

It is hoped that now owning Minecraft will be enough to woo anyone who is on the fence about owning one of Microsoft's Windows Phones, but the company have assured gamers that Minecraft will still be on all the other platforms.

Minecraft is one of the top-selling apps on both Apple's iOS store and and Android's Google Play, and has recently been released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It was the third most popular console game last month, too, according to market research firm NPD Group.

Mojang, who've been knocking around since 2009, made over $100 million in profit in 2013, and has a staff of 40. Microsoft said the Mojang team would join its game studio, which is responsible for titles such as Halo, Forza and Fable.

Microsoft chief executive, Satya Nadella, said: "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."

TOPICS:   Games


  • Dacouch
    I think a decimal point is missing, otherwise the dollar exchange rate has gone through the roof and a holiday to the USA will now be dirt cheap
  • Dionaeamuscipula
    They are paying £1.5bn for a company that has sold 54m copies. That's almost £28 per copy. Did no one tell them they could get it on line for £19.99? DM

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