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Microsoft Said Near $2 Billion Deal for Minecraft Maker

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Xbox video-game console, is in discussions to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for more than $2 billion, three people with knowledge of the talks said.

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Paprika1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

No offence to Xbox gamers.... if they pull this off I'll be disgusted tbh. Are ms so desperate? They are killing the industry. Minecraft sells on PC Xbox already... why ruin it for everybody else... it won't make me want your damn console.... I'll just buy a Sony laptop for minecraft lol!

Quantum break, gears, sunset overdrive do however! And they are exclusives, genuinely. Stop buying multi plats ms.... its like s 60 year old guy with his model 21 year old girlfriend, $$$. I really struggle to like Microsoft.... that's why I ditched my 360 2 years ago and went back to ps3 to get ready for ps4.

jackanderson19851074d ago

if you bothered to read the article you'd see near the end it says they plan to keep it on rival consoles

Paprika1074d ago

Currently at work so using my phone, browser wouldn't load it. I also said "if", other articles gave suggested how it could be pulled from other consoles.

dodo1011074d ago

Yes but what about the next game?

Kayant1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

"The software maker calculates it can boost Minecraft sales by expanding the number of game users through Microsoft’s position in video games and computers, and by expanding licensing for things like toys and movies, said one of the people."

"The company thinks that this kind of product, like its Office productivity software, has to be available with high-quality versions for multiple platforms, including those of its rivals, the person with knowledge of Microsoft’s thinking said."

Yep which makes the most sense now that I think about it. It will basically work like skype and would be more successful and bring in more revenue if they leave it as it is than closing it off to just Xbox and maybe PC and Windows Phone.

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@dodo101

Good point. If I were them I wouldn't make it exclusive it kills the larger potential of MC. MC has been successful on every single system it's being released on limiting the audience would be silly imo.

green1074d ago

I think they will keep Minecraft and all future versions on multiply platforms but there will always be features that would be exclusive to PC and XBOX. But all other IP's will be exclusive.

If they make it that way, then i can see the investment being a wise one.

Pogmathoin1074d ago

All console makers have done things like this throughout gaming history. MS does it and it is horrific???

tiffac0081074d ago

Even if MS purchased Mojang I believe they will keep it on all platforms. They did it with Skype. So this shouldn't be different.

vishmarx1074d ago

FYI ,
NOTCH will be leaving if the deal does indeed go down.
and minecraft will remain on all platforms regardless
so in the end its nothing but MS throwing money at nothing, classic MS
http://gematsu.com/2014/09/...

MrDreadnought1074d ago

And everything a PR says is undoubtly true, you really think a company like Microsoft, struggling for 1st parties and hardware sales, aren't going to pull off a stunt with a company that just cost them 2.000.000.000$ that's like 10 Destiny Games.

I believe if they manage to buy Mojang, they will use it to its advantage, and it is by promoting the home console.

XB1_PS41074d ago

I don't understand. Mojang made one good game. That's not worth $2 Billion dollars. Their other game is mediocre.

You know who is worth $2 Billion:

Bungie, Platinum, From Software, Epic Games, INSOMNIAC. Hell Sony would probably give up Naughty dog for $4 billion.

I think this is a supreme waste of money.

SilentNegotiator1074d ago

Yeah, but let's see how quickly they turn sequels into an Xbox temp exclusive, cut/slow content flow on other systems, etc.

dcbronco1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

I've noticed Minecraft has become sort of a brand now and no longer just a game. There are toys, trading cards, clothes and backpacks. But I'm not sure it's worth that type of money because it is could quickly become a fad and people will move on. This is a bad move by the new management who I have questioned based on their early decisions. Two billion would have been better spent on developing more in-house games and keeping the studio open. One hit movie or show from an internal studio could bring in two billion while only spending a tenth of that. Contrary to what many believe, Xbox make a lot of profit. I'm curious to see if that continues with the kind of decision making coming out of Redmond right now.

Also, I'm sure there are plenty who will say Microsoft is a terrible company if they do this. I hope, though I know it is not the case, that you felt the same way when Sony bought one developer after another last generation. Your hypocrisy has no bounds.

user56695101074d ago

It's seems the theme on this site is everything is bad unless it has something to do with Sony. If it's bad news spin and make excuses why Sony is king. Buying a studio is now death to the industry because these devs made a successful game. But we constantly here how Sony should buy every dev team.

Kingthrash3601074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

@^^^
So buying a single studio for 2bill....instead of investing and building SEVERAL new exclusive studios for less os a good thing. Smdh. I wonder how much it costed to start uo naughty dog...my guess...less than 2 billion dollars. I think more ms fans are pissed at this than anyone else.
Ms cant continue to throw money around in the gaming industry. It works in the pc software/internet world. In the gaming world its more about the passion for gaming. The best games come from thos who have a passion to make them.
Look ar rare...ms bought rare. EVERYONE LEFT. all ms has is the name RARE. That is why you dont see rare games..the devs moved on to other studio's. The same will happen here, they will own the name but the talent will leave.
Halo
Gears
Are ms's biggest games. Both of which the talent has left and been replaced. Halo 4 is proof that talent cant be bought...gears is next.
This is a trend that ms needs to stop. Its not helping them at all.
Right now they are continuing this trend and paying 2bills for it. Investors may not be pleased.

AliTheSnake11074d ago

This is actually a pretty good investment from Microsoft, watch them make Minecraft 2 and make tens of billions.

SoapShoes1074d ago

It's another Rare... If they do buy it the founder leaves. Not a good sign.

harrisk9541074d ago

@jackanderson1985

Yep... surprisingly! From the article:

"Minecraft was made available for the newest generation of consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, earlier this month. Microsoft, if it completes the deal, will keep the game available for rival products, said two people familiar with the company’s plans."

If they are keeping it on PS4 and other competing platforms, then $2 billion might actually makes sense: Minecraft 2 on PC, XBox, Playstation, Nintendo, Android, iOS, etc.... with game sales, DLC, merchandising (t-shirts, mugs, posters, etc.), and even talk of a theme park, we are talking about potential profits in the billions.

PrinterMan1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

And you believe Microsoft why? Because of their past history? They are turning a new leaf? I don't think so. MS buys stuff so they can monopolize on it. Done soooo many times already Somehow, someway MS will give someone the middle finger.

ThatOneGuyThere1074d ago

future iterations/sequels and DLC? not so much..

Gamer19821074d ago

Its madness though they will never make that 2 billion back the games sold 50 million on consoles lifetime. Say they release Minecraft 2 and make it an xbox exclusive they will limit it to the 5 million minecraft fans on xbox (from 360 sales) 5 million at £10 minus production costs will never make them there money back no matter how much dlc you add to it.. Also Notch is leaving once the deal goes through..
I really don't get this deal at all it was like when they bought nokia and decided to limit it to windows and the nokia brand almost choked completely. This is why MS are falling apart not Xbox sales.. Stupid decisions like this.. Facebook buy the future of VR for 2 billion and MS buy a 10 dollar game..

Nivalis1073d ago

Yeah, that's totally going to be a level playing field right?, when they can let the competitions versions lag behind and ship the latest and greatest for their console only, then push updates to a third party porting company when they feel like it's been long enough.

TheSaint1073d ago

@jackanderson Doesn't mean they won't ruin it. They'll make everything microtransactions and bleed it dry.

DeadlyFire1073d ago

Doesn't matter if they keep it on other consoles. They could easily shoot the other platform's versions in the leg and say play it best on Xbox.

UltraNova1073d ago

Why bother with the small fish? I say go for Activision and make everything exclusive to MS products. Or better yet let things as they are but intentionally make all games run/look better on Xbox !

Shishh..

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lelo2play1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

Minecraft has peaked... it's not worth $2 Billion.

Imagine the number of 3rd party developers Microsoft could purchase for $2 Billion. I remember a few years back EA purchasing Bioware for $800 million... and Bioware is a much better developer then Mojang.

Letros1074d ago

They can still buy a bunch of third party developers...MS has $93 billion in overseas cash, this is just a useful way to purchase a money making product that people love(for some reason) that will boost their gaming/entertainment division.

OOMagnum1074d ago

True if your being short sighted and only looking at the gaming side with the first minecraft. When you take merchandising and tv royalties into account. Thats not even mentioning the sequel to the third most selling game ever (likely to be console exclusive on Xbox platforms), or even the lego deal their doing. To me its laughable to think they wouldnt.

OrangePowerz1074d ago

@Letros

MS has that money, but not the Xbox division. They will still have to work with a budget.

Ju1074d ago

Isn't that scary, that with all that money MS is unable to actually "create" a product that people want? When was the last time MS actually launched a product that people actually want - other then their established brands where they reached some dominant market share? Interestingly creativity is usually achieved by smaller companies - as soon as billions are involved that drive is gone. The very same will happen to Minecraft - which has peaked anyhow. But hey, glad a couple of people (will) get rich...

lelo2play1074d ago (Edited 1074d ago )

It would be better (from a business stand point) if Microsoft purchased Bethesda or Rockstar... probably cost more then $2 Billion (??), but it would be a better investment and attract a lot more gamers to the X1.

For this amount of money, is Minecraft 2 ready to be be released in the near future?

ThatOneGuyThere1074d ago

I could be wrong, but minecraft peaked a while ago didnt it?

alb18991073d ago

Just in 360 MC sold 13millions units.......how much is that?