Minecraft developer Mojang may soon be the property of Microsoft, if rumours out of the financial world are true.
Microsoft is looking to buy Minecraft, and for a pretty heavy sum of money, according to today’s tastiest on dit.
The Wall Street Journal [paywall] cites “a person with knowledge of the matter” for word that Microsoft and Mojang are in “serious discussions”.
The deal, rumoured to be worth about $2 billion, could be signed as early as this week.
Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies across all platforms, ranking it alongside a small number of single titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty that can boats of tens of millions of copies sold of a single game. This lends a bit of credence to the rumour; you can see why Microsoft would want that in its pocket.
The last time Mojang discussed acquisition rumours was in early 2013, when the founders said they had no interest in selling up despite receiving offers from “nearly every major gaming company”.
Perhaps they’ve grown tired, though; running a business is pretty hard work, and gets in the way of making games. Or perhaps they’re tired of making games; creator Markus “Notch” Persson no longer works on Minecraft and cancelled his sophomore project 0x10c, although he regularly produces tremendously fun game jam entries and prototypes.
Minecraft is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and is coming to Vita.
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