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article imageMicrosoft in talks to buy Mojang for $2 billion

By James Walker     Sep 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Reports have emerged that Microsoft may be deep in talks with game studio Mojang over a possible acquisition deal valued at $2 billion.
Minecraft is the best-selling PC game to date and has attracted players from all demographics, eager to make their own unique worlds filled with colourful creations in a completely open, objective-less style of gameplay. Originally made available in an alpha form in 2009, it has now drawn over 50 million sales worldwide, earning the company $100million profit in the last year alone.
Originally founded single-handedly by Markus Persson, known across the internet as Notch and now honoured by millions of gamers, Mojang has always been proud of and eager to retain its indie studio roots. Traditionally, it has been proven to avoid business with other developers and companies, immediately backing out of a planned port of the game for Oculus Rift after Facebook bought the company. Notch later described Facebook's motives in the $2billion deal as "creepy".
The company has been expanding recently though. They recently released Scrolls, a digital card-game similar to Blizzard's Hearthstone and have begun publishing games produced by other studios. Minecraft has also been ported to iOS, Android, the PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox.
The question remains though as to why Microsoft are interested in acquiring the studio. The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal, revealed by a person "knowledgeable" on the matter, would be worth at least $2billion and could close as early as this week.
Satya Nadella has placed a greater emphasis on video games since becoming Microsoft CEO but Minecraft is only available for the Windows desktop. The Pocket Edition mobile variant found on iOS and Android is not available in the Windows Store or on Windows Phone. Notch once described the platform as "too small". It will certainly be interesting to see where this deal goes though. Maybe Mojang is finally prepared to give up its indie roots - to one of the largest technological corporations in the world.
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