Microsoft acquisition of Minecraft developer now official

It's officially official. Microsoft now owns Minecraft.


Microsoft announced back in September they would be purchasing the developers behind Minecraft, Mojang, for $2.5 billion. Yesterday morning, that acquisition was completed as Microsoft’s Phil Spencer made the announcement through his Twitter account.

“It’s official, today we welcome Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family,” Phil writes. “We're excited for the possibilities ahead w/the Minecraft community.”

In the original report, MIcrosoft believes Mojang could benefit from the company’s cloud and mobile technologies as fans of Minecraft can expect “richer” and “faster” worlds. Even more surprising is hearing MIcrosoft won’t be keeping Minecraft to themselves, but instead will allow Mojang to continue to develop Minecraft across all platforms it’s already available on.

Prior to Mojang’s acquisition news, I pondered what the future of Minecraft would be like under Microsoft. It appears all of my concerns for the game have been thrown out the window considering Microsoft will allow Mojang do what it does best across all platforms. Let’s just hope Microsoft can keep it up well after the acquisition dust has settled.

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