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Minecraft to Join Microsoft

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"Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world."

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Smurf11070d ago

It did happen. Why did you waste money Microsoft? :/

n4rc1070d ago

While I ask myself the same question..

I can't argue with a company that rakes in the money ms does.. They obviously have a plan for them, we just don't know it yet

Septic1070d ago

This is a big move by MS. I wonder if a Minecraft sequel is in the works? I suspect they have big plans for Mojang beyond just the Xbox One.

uptownsoul1070d ago

Like you all, I don't understand Microsoft's end-game here. They're still going to support Minecraft on all devices, so I'd like to see they plan on doing.

Blastoise1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

Minecraft is a huge seller, its not just about the Xbox brand Microsoft would probably get more money by just letting it continue to sell on Playstation & IOS. Plus theres the huge amount of merchandise out there. Thats why they bought it, I assume.

christocolus1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

@n4rc

Totally agree

@septic

They definitly have bigger plans for minecraft, mojang and future ips&it makes me wonder if MS has other plans in the works to aquire more studios.

MeliMel1070d ago

@septic,

I believe so to. Also since Minecraft is an awesome creative game. Do you think Project Spark tool set would somhow be intergrated into the next game along with what Minecraft already has? Maybe im getting way to ahead myself on this one.

MeliMel1070d ago

@ Christocolus,

Its possible. I remember reading here. That MS was looking at acquiring more studios and ips.

ABizzel11070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

$2.5 billion buying a company that you still have to invest in.

Instead of $2.5 billion split among your first party developers. Even at 100m per game that would have been 25 exclusives for the XBO (5 more AAA exclusives to your line-up for the next 5 years).

I understand why they bought them, because how big the company has become, but it was a wasteful move IMO, and the fact they're able to spending that much money on one company goes to show this move wasn't specifically for Xbox, it was for MS.

I guess Minecraft on every PC is the real motivator. It's a way to start selling more computers, and build up their OS offerings. As for XBO it might even be a free game that's part of the Dashboard OS, and push console sales (but you can upgrade for $5, so I don't see how that really helps).

MeliMel1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

@abizzle,

The more i read about how MS should spend the 2billion. The more i forget how much $$$ MS has. I mean, MS has enough money to buy Minecraft for 2bil and still do what you really think they should.

uptownsoul1069d ago

@Blastoise
I get what your saying about Minecraft being a huge seller, but it's not like Microsoft was desperate for money. And what I found odd was the announcement itself…Microsoft has an announcement for the Mojang acquisition but the rest of what they said was just "charlie brown adult talk"

ABizzel11069d ago

@meliMel

It's not even the money that bothers me, we all know MS is a multi-billion dollar company. It's the fact that they're investing so much in acquiring a company, and not in the studios developing games for them, or scouping up 5 mid-sized studios at $500m a piece, or even 25 smaller studios at $100m a piece.

That's why this deal is more for MS than it is for Xbox.

And I truly think MS is reshaping the Xbox brand to be less of a traditional console, into more of a software service of Windows Games (they already have an Xbox app for Windows 8).

I still think we'll see a console next-gen from MS, but it'll probably be a PConsole just like the Steam Machines where it's all off the shelf parts thrown into a console box, but still aimed at core gamers, and at the same time setting the standard for which PC games are developed for hardware wise.

XBLSkull1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

I wouldn't mind that, a more closed console experience at a small base price that would play all games throughout its lifecycle, but people could buy better hardware to get better performance if they so chose. Kind of like the RAM upgrade in the N64.

I love the power of my gaming PC and that I can upgrade it, but Xbox Live is a superior experience to orgin/steam/PSN/etc. Microsoft being such a huge company has nearly limitless potential in the gaming industry

GribbleGrunger1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

It's good news that they openly stated they're going to support the PS versions, so it's not quite as bad as it could have been. How swiftly they support the PS versions and to what standard is another thing.

It's also worth noting that this effectively makes MS a third party developer. Could this perhaps persuade MS to consider going a similar direction with other franchises?

Thantalas1069d ago

Really clever title to the news.

It's not: 'Microsoft BUY Mojang' because it makes it sound like MS are the greedy bad guys buying up the indie companies in an involuntary takeover.

It is: "Mojang JOIN Microsoft" which has a much more friendly angle and makes it sound more like Mojang are voluntarily joining a team.

Clever stuff press releases!

Volkama1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

The way they talk makes it sound like the Minecraft IP really is the motivation for this buyout. But then again it is usually best to try and ignore the things that PR mouthpieces say, so who knows.

I played Minecraft for the first time ever yesterday (because my wife things it would be a good choice for my children). I can understand some of the appeal, but honestly I think Project Spark would be more worthy of any time spent being creative.

gootimes1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

It sells really well on PlayStation, and they put 2.5 billion into it, so they are going to want to sell it on EVERYTHING they can until they get the investment back. That is how I see it... I think it still sells well at least, I haven't really checked lately actually.

SilentNegotiator1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

Because everything Microsoft has ever done has made lots of money?

3+ years ago, this might have made a lot more sense. There's no telling if Minecraft will stay this popular and make their money back in a timely fashion.

mikeslemonade1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

Good for gamers, good for the industry, and I'm happy. If you can't see it then you lack common sense.

Even if I didn't have a X1 I would be happy. When TR was timed exclusive and I only had a PS4 I was happy too.

EeJLP-1069d ago

That's the first time I've seen Phil not look like a douche. Obviously a lot of corporate talk in there, but it was a professional and quality announcement. I'm surprised he actually said PlayStation. I know the rumored plan was that it wouldn't become exclusive, but I don't think I've heard him mention PlayStation before in an official announcement beyond the twitter 'congratulations on the PS4 launch' type statements.

It probably works out money wise, since the game sells a lot as far as I've heard. I think it was a bad buy though. That money could have funded a lot of quality exclusives. Instead they get a game that looks like it's ~20 years old and won't even be exclusive.

Doubtful at the moment, but is this a sign of Microsoft positioning itself to becoming the next Sega; getting out of the console business and focusing on multiplat software?

MrPink20131069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

How would the reactions have been if Nintendo bought them? Not nearly as bad or pessimistic I imagine. Which goes to show the responses mainly stem from people who dislike the company yet have very little interest in what Microsoft may do to further innovate the Minecraft franchise. Look at where they took Halo and how they marketed that. You think anyone other than Microsoft has the financial backing and the technology to make it even bigger than it currently is now?

Minecraft had become way too big with way too much responsibility for a small studio to handle. Of course someone was going to take over. What's next is anyone's guess but unlike Angry Birds this has a much longer lasting appeal just like how kids still play Lego after all these years.

miyamoto1069d ago

M$ thinks money can buy success against the PlayStation... but that is all M$has as a company - tons of money.
Other than that.... like brains, creativity, originality, passion, vision, etc.

M$ is the Unicron of gaming.

In every emerging market of computing technology whether:
personal computers (the Apple Macintosh), then MS DOS and Windows
word processing (Word Perfect), then M$ Word
internet browser(Netscape), then IE
video games (PlayStation 2 & PlayStation exclusive games), then Xbox
mp3 players (iPod), then Zune
smartphones (iPhone & Android), then Windows Phone
tablets (iPad & Android), then Surface
search engines(Google) then Bing
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!

Minecraft is going to be destroyed like Nokia & Rare its 100% guaranteed.

n4rc1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

Have you seen their earnings reports lately dude?

What you just said is a baseless fanboy rant.. If they suck so bad and don't know what they are doing, how do they manage to rake in billions a month?

Or do they "steal" that too? Grow up

All the products you mention were beaten by a better product.. That's how business works..

Do I need to start listing who invented the TV or surround sound or console gaming just to make Sony look bad? Damn second rate copycats!! Lol.. can't they do anything original?

See? Pretty silly yes?

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nX1070d ago

Because they are bold and shameless, they should've made that deal 3 years ago. I wouldn't say it's too late now but it's very risky since everyone and their mother owns Minecraft already. The good thing is that we'll probably get a heavily funded Minecraft 2 out of this.

equal_youth1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

do you think we will be getting minecraft 2 on playstation as well? i am just curious as i would think they will bring it exclusively to xbox brand and pc.

nX1070d ago

^I'm almost sure it will be PC/Xbox/Windows Phone exclusive. I'm fine with that as long as I don't need a Xbox for it.

Lawboy21070d ago

@ equal youth.

He said that it will continue on playstation

Dontworrybhappy1070d ago

Why not keep it on Playstation as well as bringing it to Nintendo? Would'nt they make more money selling it on more platforms.

Tuviejacalata1069d ago

Awesome deal. Congrats to mojang. Can't wait to see what they do next. Minecraft 2 has the potential to be the most addicting game ever with all the resources they have now.

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equal_youth1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

i had so much hope in notch doing the right thing. its like george lucas had sold the star wars franchise to FOX in the 70s.

Edit @ Bloodborn: Yeah but my thought was that it may make more money for notch over the time he is living when he keeps the rights for himself and his company.

nX1070d ago

You would do the same, just like the Oculus guys selling out to Facebook. Money makes this world go round, I wouldn't care about the "right thing" when there are billions at stake that will change your live forever.

jackanderson19851070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

didn't necessarily waste any money (although most definitely spent some cash)... they could have opted for a share transfer or share transfer/cash ...Notch gets 1 bil worth of shares (less than .06% of MS total worth), the other guy gets .8bil and then 700mil cash split between them in whatever percentages.

Also MS get all assets and investments that Mojang are in so that also gets added back to MS.

Once the deal is finalized the actual money cost to MS will pop up and i honestly doubt it'll be that much considering the size of the deal

finally, MS are expecting to make the 2.5billion back by the end of FY15 so they obviously know something is up

blackout1069d ago

I also read something about Microsoft recouping the money back by the end of 2015/16. Also this, Just think of the tool set that will be used for future Minecrafe and Project Spake games. The possibilities are endless with this purchase. I'm in the clouds just thinking of a Project Spark & Minecrafe high-bred. WoW, and it's going to stay on all platforms. Get that money Microsoft.