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Minecraft to become Microsoft property

Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang but will keep the title available for multiple platforms
Microsoft acquires Mojang
Microsoft signed an agreement to take over Mojang for $2.5 billion and the deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

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After spending only a few days in the rumor mill, this deal is now already official - Microsoft acquired Mojang, the studio behind the notorious Minecraft franchise. The Stockholm-based game developer will be acquired for $2.5 billion and the deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

According to the official press release, "Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community."

The unexpected part is that Microsoft has no intention to turn Minecraft into a game only available on Windows devices and Xbox consoles. Xbox Division head Phil Spencer confirmed that Minecraft will continue to be available on iOS, Android and PlayStation

Another confirmed fact is that Minecraft's creators will leave Mojang as soon as the deal closes. Remains to see what will happen with the game in the long run and how will Microsoft adapt it to its ecosystem. Minecraft as part of Windows 10, maybe?

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-19 (Update: 2014-09-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.