Minecraft Now Officially Belongs To Microsoft

Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang and the Minecraft series has closed.

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Microsoft's $2.5 billion deal to buy Swedish developer Mojang and the sandbox series Minecraft has now officially closed, Xbox gaming boss Phil Spencer announced on Twitter today.

After some reports and speculation, Microsoft on September 15 announced plans to buy Mojang and Minecraft in the multibillion dollar deal. Now that the deal has gone through, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson and two other key Mojang developers will leave the studio. Persson, who owned 70 percent of Mojang, stands to make around $1.75 billion from the acquisition.

Writing on Twitter, Persson reflected on moving away from Mojang.

At the time the buyout was announced, Persson said about the deal: "It's not about the money. It's about my sanity." It's unclear what the future holds for Persson or if he'll be involved in game development in any way.

Mojang joins other internal Microsoft game studios such as 343 Industries (Halo), Black Tusk Studios (Gears of War), Lionhead Studios (Fable), and Turn 10 Studios (Forza), among others.

Microsoft has said that it will not remove versions of Minecraft for competing players, including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Regarding the future of Minecraft, Spencer said last month that it's too early to talk about a potential Minecraft 2.

At the time, Spencer explained that Microsoft must first "meet the needs" of the existing Minecraft community before the company expands the franchise.

Outside of Minecraft the game, Warner Bros. is currently working on a Minecraft movie. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is reportedly a frontrunner to direct the "large-budget" movie, which is in the very early stages of development and might not be released until 2017 or 2018.

Microsoft maintains that the $2.5 billion Minecraft acquisition will be "break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis."

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Oh man, I hope this isn't a bad thing. Microsoft's reputation is quite bad in my eyes. I have no idea why, though. I'm even using a Windows right now! Hail Minecraft, by the way.

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Now Notch can lay back for the rest of his life and buy houses and cars and all of that money chucker stuff.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yah too bad it wont fill the void he has in his soul now

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What, does Minecraft have microtransactions or something? I don't see what makes it worth buying.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You'll have to wait for the future to see why. I find it very unlikely MS will leave Mojang and Minecraft the way they are right now. They'll impose changes to pad their bottom line for sure. Just wait.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> MINECRAFT 2 CONFIRMED!!

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And the rich get richer. I personally don't see the big appeal of Minecraft, but 2.5 billion wasn't much to pay for such a huge property.

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Minecraft is like Justin beiber for me. I will never understand its popularity and what contact I have had with it I don't enjoy. Maybe I'm missing something but I'm curious to see what Microsoft does to expand on a game about stacking blocks.

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A god is dead this day.

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I expect a fully updated version of Minecraft on Windows Phone 8.1...

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Wow Microsoft now has more new ps vita titles then Sony does

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So this is how democracy dies....



with thunderous applause.


Yeah, sorry.. just trying to think of a cool Star Wars "Empire" reference

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so how will ponies feel playing a microsoft owned game? Will they delete and/or refuse to buy it?

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probably the same way that Sony owns a large portion of Blu Ray tech that is in Xbox One machine. a portion of Minecraft profits for being sold on Sonys network, goes to Sony. so i dont know what you mean by your statement. you do realize that companies dont give all profits to developers, a portion of profit goes to the service that that company provides in selling it in their own store/network. its the same with microsoft or any company. lol!


if you look gamestop. they buy the games at merchant prices which are way lower than customer prices & sell the games for higher amounts of money. that is how every company makes profit. they dont let businesses sell their products for free at their store & acquire only the cash from the items that are sold exclusively from their own brands. otherwise all business would not survive.

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Microsoft: "Another one bites the dust..."


"F*ck Yeah"

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ok let me summarize for you M$:

1- thats 2.5 billion you will never see again

2-you can milk this game for all its worth but you wont get my money unless its something truly fun and worth it (see witcher 3 for examples)

3-I know the updates will stop now, M$ aint a charity that we all know, although NOTCH the B-UTT face promised he will update the game when we gave him that cash back in beta.

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Your soul...is mine! -Shang Tsung, MK

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I'm a big Xbox fan, but this means nothing to me. Can't stand Minecraft.

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RIP Minecraft.

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Expect Much fewer updates for Minecraft with an announcement of Minecraft 2 soon.

With xbox1 exclusivity of course.

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They'll make more annually off of Minecraft than they would have earned in interest from leaving the $2.5B in the bank. That's how you make your cash work for you. If you can't see MS recouping their investment you should probably take some financial classes before managing your own money.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But will it really?

Cutting off what made Minecraft great?

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People don't realize that Minecraft doesn't have to make 2.5 billion to make them money.

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Love reading the comments of Microsoft fanboys, all of them here seemingly 13 year old boys who haven't discovered girls and have grandiose dreams of making minimum wage at a Minecraft theme park.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> typical jealous pony

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> you and your boyfriend << LINK REMOVED >> going to keep slating everyone who has common sense .

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Well that counts you out.

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@lilant135 Eventually, the video game industry will crash and burn so not jealous. Maybe you will discover girls or cars instead of playing video games and talking to boys all day.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You're making a comment under an article on Gamespot. I think the "Get a life, loser!" insult is kind of meaningless at this point.

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Why are you even here?

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What are you talking about? Most of the comments on here from MS Fanboys have been civilized save for one or two.

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Holy crap, the guy who made this game has cashed out at godlike proportions. He made one game and now he can spend the rest of his life on a beach if that is what he wants to do. We should all be so lucky.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> EXACTLY these morons saying MS will never make their money back...lol this was made by like 3 ppl he is worth over a billion now...MS a mega corp will make hand over fist on this ..some people man

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