Minecraft to become Microsoft property
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?