Microsoft To Acquire Maker of Minecraft, Mojang for $2 Billion

It is reported that the tech giant Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire the maker of the most interesting game Minecraft. The deal is worth more thatn $2 billion. The sources say that the move was intended to make the most popular games from this maker to be available for the computer giant’s family devices. Yet the sides have to work on many details and a deal could fall through, according to one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Acquiring the Minecraft would give the company a strong hold on the online world of games. This acquisition by Microsoft is unlike many of the start-ups purchased by big technology companies for billion of dollars because the main reason is that the blocky graphics of the game are crude by today’s standards of the modern games.

Markus Persson, the co-founder Mojang, the privately held Swedish company that makes Minecraft has said in the past that he did not want to sell the company. He also disliked the move to take money from outside investors for the company.

Mojang follows the old way of selling its game. It charges people to buy a copy. The price varies depending on which the game will be played. A version of Minecraft for Microsoft’s Xbox has topped the charts for best selling game for the console, yet it costs only $20.

Minecraft is not available on Windows Phone, the operating system which Microsoft has struggled to turn into a strong competitor to other operating systems.

After Microsoft made an initial offer for more serious talks between the sides, Mojang has hired additional advisers to assist in the discussions. Talks are continuing between them, and an agreement could be reached by the end of the month.


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