In what would certainly be one of the most high-profile acquisitions in the history of the industry, Microsoft is apparently close to finishing a deal that would have it acquire Mojang — the company behind Minecraft — for $2 billion.
Mojang is based in Stockholm, Sweden and currently lists 22 employees listed on its website, including Markus “Notch” Persson, the original designer behind Minecraft. The game helped to popularize the “early access” model, with wide-stream attention given to the game significantly before its “official” release in 2011.
Mojang has also developed Scrolls — a medieval strategy game available on PC and Mac — while console development for Minecraft has shifted to the Scottish 4J Studios. The new-gen versions of the game just launched early last week after 4J Studios admitted that the PlayStation 4 version failed its last certification test with Sony.
This deal would be enormous for Microsoft, but it also puts the company in a peculiar situation considering that Minecraft is currently available on not just PC and Xbox platforms, but PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Mac, tablets, phones, and even Raspberry Pi. A PlayStation Vita version is also in the works, but it’s unclear how platform support would work going forward if this deal were to close.
Source: The Verge