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This article was published on September 10, 2014


WSJ: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion+

WSJ: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion+
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Microsoft is reportedly in “serious discussions” to acquire Mojang, the independent game studio behind the popular Minecraft game, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. A source told the paper that the deal could top $2 billion and close “as early as this week.”

Minecraft has developed a passionate following, especially among kids. A $2 billion valuation would be a huge win for the Swedish developer, which has largely taken an anti-establishment stance. The deal could, however, be a huge blow to fans if Microsoft decides to turn the game into a Windows/Xbox exclusive. It is possible, though, that Mojang would make continued cross-platform support as part of the terms of the deal in order to avoid alienating players.

Microsoft declined to comment when contacted about the potential acquisition.

Microsoft Near Deal to Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang

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