Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s no guarantee it will produce another blockbuster; players will eventually move on from Minecraft, and I doubt anyone is going to buy a dopey Windows Phone just to play a slightly different version of the pixelated sandbox game.

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gameon19851072d ago

Is that what every one said when Sony bought Naughty dog, Sucker punch, MM, etc etc? It's only stupid when microsoft does it right?

christocolus1072d ago

Whatever plans MS has for the franchise must be huge cos this deal isn't just about xbox and im certain mojang and MS have stuff planned which might be beyond the minecraft ip.

Wish both parties the best.

lelo2play1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

You can mark my words.
I suspect Microsoft is acquiring Mojang so that they can make a exclusive Minecraft running with their rumoured Virtual Reality headset.

TongkatAli1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

I'm happy for Microsoft with this deal, Minecraft is an awesome game that actually makes children smarter.

To those disagrees, you're still going to play Minecraft why the hate ? If your a Nintendo only gamer I can understand because you're never getting Minecraft, but Playstation got Minecraft on the PS3, PS4 and it's coming to the Vita.

pedrof931072d ago


What ? The context is different, ND,SP and MM were small devs that worked exclusively with sony. While Mojang did a hit game that is available on every device. Mojang can't go higher than this. Remember Rare ?

bartender641072d ago

What if MS creates a world in Minecraft, in which you use your avatars? I don't know, I'm thinking they are planning something like Ps home, but with the dept of Minecraft?

prodg521072d ago

It would be cool if microsoft somehow combines minecraft with project spark. That would be a huge game.

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martinezjesus19931072d ago

I highly doubt any of those companies cost Sony 2.5 BILLION dollars.

xx4xx1072d ago

When Sony sees profits of $24 Billion dollars a year they might be able to start buying some in that range too.

martinezjesus19931072d ago

@xx4xx as much money as Microsoft sees doesnt mean they should throw their money away.

MasterCornholio1072d ago

Didn't those firms make games exclusively for the PS4? It made sense that Sony bought them because they heavily funded their games. Minecraft on the other hand is another story about a multiplat becoming exclusive if this deal falls through. Dont tell me there are not a ton of people playing the game on their PlayStation's because they are.

SmielmaN1072d ago

I believe your right. Naughty dog, evolution, sucker punch I believe all were third parties but Sony published their game and then acquired the studio. I won't say I'm 100% sure of all the facts but I think I'm sure about those three studios.

gootimes1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

The only reason it seems a bit strange to me is that Minecraft is already out on Sony's platforms. If they bought the company before it released on next gen systems it would make more sense.

You could make the argument they have other things planned, but the mind behind Minecraft is said to be leaving after the deal... I don't think Microsoft is wrong in wanting more studios or ip's, it's just this particular one is confusing.

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Antnee5341072d ago

They want to do what they did to rare and fuck up everything about the company and its games

OB1Biker1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

They didnt buy any after one hugely successful game, and no franchise that was multiplaform. They bought them when they were small and helped them to become successful

Gamer4life8881072d ago

did you just compared Naughty dog, Sucker punch, MM with an indie developer?!

mhunterjr1072d ago

Those were indie developers too, until Sony bought them...

The comparison is valid.

nX1072d ago

The thing is, Mojang is making tons of money every year but Minecraft is still not a good "game". I don't see much talent in that company so I don't understand why Microsoft would want them other than for the IP itself.

geddesmond1072d ago

Lol I really doubt Sony paid more than 10 mil each for any of those studios. Minecraft is already on PS3 and PS4 what could MS possibly gain from this unless they plan on getting Chinese exclusive on tMinecraft or some crap like that which might help sell consols in that region.

Patrick_pk441072d ago

It is unintelligent to purchase Mojang for 2.5 billion, since Minecraft alone will never reach them a profit over that of their purchase.

Rimeskeem1072d ago

Acquiring a hit studio is a lot different then a hit game.

XxExacutionerxX1072d ago

I look at Minecraft as a Fad, just like rock band and guitar hero or Call of Duty. It's popular now but it will go away and people will move on from it.

nX1072d ago

I actually don't understand how it became so popular in the first place... it's boring as hell, I didn't enjoy it at all.

Spotie1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

How is this an intelligent comment?

You're comparing a GAME to a STUDIO, which is in no way intelligent.

Had you mentioned... well, Sony isn't known for just buying IPs. They buy the studios that make those IPs, like all the ones you listed. Same with Nintendo.

MICROSOFT buys third party IPs, and that's stupid.

Edit: I read that they're buying the studio. Slightly less stupid, but it's not as if they've got a proven track record: ANYBODY can make one good game. And still, it's not comparable to any of the studios listed, because none of them were known for making multiplats like Mojang.

sinspirit1072d ago

Sony acquired MM before LBP was anything but a concept, not even resembling the final game past the platformer and physics based gameplay.

Naughty Dog has had a relationship with Sony for years before being bought by Sony. Same with Sucker Punch. It's not like they just saw studios and simply bought them for their games. They had relationships and they bought them and made them better and provided them with everything they need.

MS has bought many studios and so far hasn't really proven that a MS owned studio is anything special. In fact Rare was demolished and Bungie didn't want to stay with them.

MS has almost no relationship with Mojang, and is simply paying money specifically for one hit game.

kratoz12091072d ago

Microsoft will buy the developers of candy crush and release in incthe holiday season 2015

miyamoto1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )



ND, SP & MM all did exclusive first party games for Sony when they were unproven nobodies in the video game industry.
That is faith & believing.

They were budding seedlings when Sony approached them unlike Mojang who already is a huge tree that sold a huge 50 plus million copies of Minecraft across multi platforms. And Minecraft is already a proven hit before this rumored acquisition.
That is seeing.

There is a whole lotta difference there, buddy.

There is a huge difference between believing (PlayStation) and seeing (M$).

In every emerging market of computing technology whether:
personal computers (the Apple Macintosh),
word processing (Word Perfect),
internet browser(Netscape),
video games (PlayStation 2 & PlayStation exclusive games),
mp3 players (iPod),
smartphones (iPhone & Android),
tablets (iPad & Android),
search engines(Google)
etc etc

Microsoft is the unoriginal, second rate trying hard, copycat, money monster bully who always wants to steal market share from the original upstarts, then try to monopolize it and in turn destroying everything!

Antnee5341072d ago

Mr you are the smartest commenter on any comment thread, page thing ever I gave you a bubble a agree and a cookie if I could cause god dam you spoke the dawn truth lol

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Enemy1072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

Minecraft won't sell consoles for them. Not only does the game look ugly and unappealing, but most of the people that play it are on PC. This will help them sell Windows before Apple completely takes over, yes, as it's clear they intend to have the game preinstalled in every new edition of Windows.

jackanderson19851072d ago (Edited 1072d ago )

It's sold over 12 million copies on Xbox 360, more than 3mil on the ps3. The console sales are higher than the pc sales

If you're going to mock something at least get the facts right

Also 54 million sales says it's very appealing

christocolus1072d ago

Forgive his ignorance, he was only trying to downplay it because his favorite company isn't the one doing the aquisition.

MasterCornholio1072d ago

Why is there a huge difference in sales?

I'm just curious because that's a pretty big gap between the two and I'm wondering if its because the game was released first on the 360 or something similar.

DragoonsScaleLegends1072d ago

@MasterCornholio - It was released on Xbox around a year before PS3.

Magicite1072d ago

He said its ugly and it is.