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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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Smurf11134d ago

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

n4rc1134d 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

Septic1134d 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.

uptownsoul1134d 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.

Blastoise1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

christocolus1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

MeliMel1134d 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.

MeliMel1134d ago

@ Christocolus,

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

ABizzel11134d ago (Edited 1134d 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).

MeliMel1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

uptownsoul1134d 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"

ABizzel11134d 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.

XBLSkull1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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

GribbleGrunger1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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?

Thantalas1134d 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!

Volkama1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

gootimes1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

SilentNegotiator1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

mikeslemonade1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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-1134d 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?

MrPink20131134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

miyamoto1134d 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.

n4rc1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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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nX1134d 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_youth1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

nX1134d 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.

Lawboy21134d ago

@ equal youth.

He said that it will continue on playstation

Dontworrybhappy1134d 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.

Tuviejacalata1134d 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_youth1134d ago (Edited 1134d 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.

nX1134d 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.

jackanderson19851134d ago (Edited 1134d 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

blackout1134d 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.

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mark3214uk1134d ago

they criticized oculus for selling out to facebook now they have done the same, bunch of hypocrite

-Foxtrot1134d ago

Never really thought of that

DarkOcelet1134d ago

Oh well there goes the money for 25 new AAA IPs :/

Trolltroll1134d ago

$$$$$$$$

Lets do some quick math if they release Mincraft 2 or Minecraft MMO (this will happen) and lets just say they sell the same quantity of PC only games that is 100mil plus. Lets pretend that make 20$ per game that is 100mil×20$= 2billion + the new minecraft is windows & xbox one exclucives.

have a good day everyone. A lot of good games are comming our way soon.

lelo2play1134d ago

Such insanity. Minecraft is not worth 2.5 billion. So many studios and games Microsoft could fund with this money.

otherZinc1134d ago

This purchase is to the individuals that thought the XBOX ONE & XBOX Division wasn't "profitable", it is.

M$ is investing in the XBOX ONE, heavily, in:
343 Industries:Halo
Gears Franchise
Turn 10:Motorsport & Horizon
NFL
Minecraft
Kinect:it isn't going anywhere
Remedy:Quantum Break
App Functionality
XBOX Live

And, if you only care about games, XBOX ONE has more AAA exclusives than the PS4 at the time.

BallsEye1134d ago

Mojang is probably working on Minecraft 2 for a long time now. I doubt all ttheir manpower goes toward a sh!tty texture packs and occasional update. Ofcourse in addition to that, now MS will get money from every copy sold, even on PSN.

ZombieGamerMan1134d ago

@ GribbleGrunger Well guess Sony won this war then if MS are now supporting the PS4 with a game, the Sega approach.

Berenwulf1134d ago

That's why I don't like Microsoft... Minecraft will never be the same!

Ulf1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

They didn't waste money at all.

Let me point out some facts that most people ignore, and let readers draw conclusions as to why Minecraft is worth $2.5B:

First, the obvious, but not most important reason:
0) Minecraft makes money... over $1B to date.

And now to GOOD reasons:
1) Mincraft is written in Java. Java is a language owned by the Oracle corporation, and Oracle makes zillions from letting Java run on over 3 billion devices.

2) Microsoft has a language similar to Java (but better), called C#, which is slowly gaining traction, but its too slow to overtake Java, really.

3) Minecraft is a game, and is fun to mod. LOTS of young people learn Java for pretty much this reason alone. Minecraft is, in fact, used in some countries (and now some parts of the US), to TEACH PROGRAMMING... in Java.

...and now.. the thrilling conclusion, for those who haven't figured it out:

4) Minecraft 2.0... could be now be written in C#, and would then only run on devices that are running C#, giving C# a HUGE leg up against Java, its primary competitor.

Microsoft makes a game console to support the rest of their business, folks. They make DirectX/3D so that you will game on a Windows platform, and they make a console with a PC-like API so that game developers will NOT abandon Windows gaming. MS knows that $2.5 billion is worth it, if C# gets a shot at beating Java as the byte-code cross-platform language of choice in the future.

Owning the biggest reason for kids to learn Java, over C#, is a big step for them.

HugoDrax1134d ago

Interesting! and an intelligent analysis my friend. Bubble + for you :-)

silvacrest1134d ago

interesting analysis but what if minecraft loses popularity before microsofts master plans takes shape?

gangsta_red1134d ago

Very intelligent Ulf.

Good to see some like you are thinking the long term and outside the box and not just the standard "MS wasted their money" or "MS should have bout more____".

Minecraft is a huge IP and with it being on virtually every system including the PS brand it will only rake in more money for MS. Not to mention any other project Majong may be working on.

mcarsehat1134d ago

I....what? Waste????

This can only spell good things for Microsoft, they bought one of the biggest companies on the planet, they have bought into a game that is home to millions of players that isn't just a game, it is a tool, it is big in schools, it can help autistic children interact and learn in new ways. They could even make a professional Minecraft for Builders and Graphic Designers (that last bit was a joke but you never know) and it will get them billions int he process.

I don't even play Minecraft and i know how good the possibilities could be.

ziggurcat1134d ago

"It did happen. Why did you waste money Microsoft?"

because they obviously would much rather rest on the laurels of an existing franchise rather than spend that money on taking a few risks with new IPs...

C-H-E-F1134d ago

Because Microsoft is worth over 280billion and can do that?? LMFAO. I'm not a fan of Minecraft actually never owned an Xbox but when you have the funds to disrupt others financial flow from which you are at competition with. Well, you do what you have to do to get it done. Was it worth the purchase? Time will tell, but sheesh that money could've went in soooooooo many other places for the overall game division.

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Paprika1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Mojang to work on kinect sports titles. Bingo, classic exclusives. Yeah... right!

Mojang is not minecraft in its entirety. Minecraft was gold, is mojang truly going to continue producing blockbusters? No... not IMO.

gamerfan09091134d ago

So they bought the studio to not have them keep making Minecraft? How does that make any sense in your logic whatsoever?

Jdoki1134d ago

Well, not saying I agree with Paprika, but you could use Rare as a measure.

After Perfect Dark on the 360 how many of Rare's old IP have they developed?

Rare had tonnes of AAA IP when MS bought them, and not only have Rare not developed those, but the new IP they did create (Viva Pinata, Kameo, Ghoulies) have disappeared too. Instead they have been making mostly Kinect shovelware

So I don't think there is any guarantee that Mojang will be on Minecraft for the long term. Many of the ports have already been spun off to other devs - such as the popular 360 version.

Paprika1134d ago

When did I say they'd ditch minecraft? Buying mojang is the headline, they are basically buying the IP minecraft this is the value not the dev. Minecraft has however peaked massively and I don't see a sequel creating as much hype as the original did. Myopinion, its pretty obvious the money used to buy "minecraft" could've been used to create flagship games halo sized with core gamers.

I understand why ms bought it, its great business as a brand they now control. But it largely changes nothing for us, minus maybe mc2 bring exclusive.... which I don't care as its better on PC anyway

jrshankill1134d ago

While I agree that it will be difficult to capture lightning in a bottle twice, it is still a good acquisition for any company. It has made Mojang a ton of money. I feel a lot of negativity here comes from the fact that it was Microsoft who bought Mojang. If it was Sony I am sure the comments here would be different.
No one knows for sure but I would expect Minecraft 2 to be an exclusive. I also see a high res remake of Mincecraft in the pipeline for Xbox One only. It may take away the charm, but it will still take away the money from parent's pockets.
Money is being made, companies are happy, the fans get new releases with a load of cash and resources (excuse the pun) put behind it.... win win.

Redgehammer1134d ago

Minecraft is a timeless game, a great entry point for all types of individuals into the world of gaming. My sons still play it, I play it, and kids in diapers now, will be playing it in their future. A future, I believe, that is more guaranteed. The digital cousin to Legos, Minecraft, too, will never go out of stile. I think its a great acquisition, as long as all platforms are supported.

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Hellsvacancy1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Does anyone know how much money Microsoft invested in the XB1? MS could've bought loads studios etc with that 2.5 billion, they've basically given the people at Mogang eary retirement money

hello121134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

They've set up five new first party studios already it was discovered a few months back and those studios are hiring at the moment

http://static1.gamespot.com...

Microsoft has 86 billion to invest in new projects, so they can do what they like if the choose to.

lol the reason i gave for Microsoft buying Minecraft turns out to be true. I said last night on N4G it was due to activity charts for 360 showing Minecraft in the top three most played games. Phil Spencer just said it there too.

Minecraft was a huge game on 360 and no surprise Microsoft wanted it.

[email protected] They're studios hiring at the moment, we see if games will come from them.

Kayant1134d ago

Those studios also don't seem to be full development studios from the info found. They are more support helping out other studios/incubation as of now.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

Above is the source from where this was discovered.

uptownsoul1134d ago

I agree that Microsoft has plenty of money $86B to invest. But Microsoft has been making poor choices with their money…Prime example: Why take the Kinect out of the box. Microsoft has now made 2 separate classes of Xbox One owner (those with Kinect and those without). Some can use all the Xbox One features (snap, xbox on, record that), some can't…And all of that could have been avoided had Microsoft used a fraction of that $86B to just drop the Xbox One w/Kinect down to $399. If they did that, then people could leave the kinect in the box until they heard about a feature that intrigued them. Instead, 2 separate classes of Xbox One owner (those with Kinect and those without)

ABizzel11134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Those aren't "new studios". They were second teams that supported games from the larger studios, usually making DLC and assisting with development when needed, or former Kinect studios.

The fact is 2 or 3 of their games have been scrapped, curiosity of Phil which is why the Tomb Raider deal was made. MS was trying to make their Uncharted, and didn't like what was being done.

I truly don't understand what MS was thinking here They could have invested 100m dollars in 25 New Exclusives for the same price as buying Mojang. It just doesn't make sense, unless their goal is to sale computers by having Mojang free in every new PC.

This purchase has to be greater than the Xbox division, because there's no way they spent 2.5 billion to buy just 1 developer, a bigger developer with multiple IPs under their belt.

Once again this is really has me believing that the next Xbox will be heavily PC focused, and be a PConsole. Like the Nintendo rumors have me believing their next console will be a handheld-hybrid.

If all this pans out, I want my royalties MS and Nintendo, cause you've been reading my blogs and comments. I want my check, and I'll gladly settle for a few million each. And Sony I want my check for giving each platform the space to grow and dominate your own market of gaming, so send a few million my way too.

Baka-akaB1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

I dunno how why time is wasted defending this from a gamer's viewpoint . It's a great move on the financial end for MS and Mojang most likely .

But are we accountants , share holders and do we work for those people ? for the most part nope .

So on our end , as gamers , and regardless of how much MS already invested in new studios ... it's still 2 bellions (last i heard) being poured into a single game studio , when it could be used to create and push more games .

This deal mostly help the minecraft franchise , and the wallet , not so much the rest .. at least not directly

imt5581134d ago

Looks like studios ( except Good Science ) are for technology or something.

https://careers.microsoft.c...

Maybe it will be some new IP.

Well, not all of these studios are game makers.

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nX1134d ago

Notch will probably celebrate this every day for the rest of his life, he probably became the Bill Gates of gaming today.

tablecloth1134d ago

True, they could have made new studios but they come at risks whether they would succeed or not.
Minecraft could be compared to Mario, in a sense that it has a wide range of audience if not bigger. Merchandise, conventions and lots of word of mouth. It surely will be interesting to see what Microsoft will do with it.
Xbox/PC/Windows Phone exclusive for the next Minecraft perhaps and if not, they could probably earn their money back if they go multi-platform if they play it right.

blackout1134d ago

Thank you. Someone with a brain. This is huge news.

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GUTZnPAPERCUTZ1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

They bought a "Proven" developer, instead of potentially wasting money on supporting new ones that are unproven, play the best hand dealt.

LordMaim1134d ago

Rare was a proven developer too.

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Kayant1134d ago

"At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC. " - Well looks like bloomberg were right unsurprisingly. I wonder if Minecraft 2 is in the works and how that will be handled. I expect marketing to be Xbox/PC/WP centred.