Minecraft - Pocket Edition 0.9.0 (iPhone screenshot 002)

Following weeks of speculation, software giant Microsoft on Monday officially confirmed it’s spending a cool $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, a company behind the highly successful Minecraft video game which tasks players with building constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world.

The Stockholm-based firm is to become part of Microsoft Studios, the Windows maker has confirmed.

The deal, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review, will enable “richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools and more opportunities to connect” across the Minecraft community as the game is set to take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud and mobile technologies.

Those concerned that Microsoft might kill the iOS edition of Minecraf needn’t worry: the software maker has confirmed planning to continue to make the open world game available on the PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation platforms.

Although Mojang said ”there’s no reason” for the development of all of the Minecraft editions to stop, the company curiously cautioned that “Microsoft can’t make decisions for other companies or predict the choices” that they might make in the future.

Also, the MINECON conference will continue next year.

Here’s the YouTube video which helped the Minecraft creator say goodbye, via The Verge, which recounts the story of Fez creator Phil Fish and the role fame has played in his life.

Minecraft, which was originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and released for the PC on May 17, 2009, to this date saw more than a hundred million downloads on PC alone.

Interestingly enough, Persson just announced he will be leaving the studio he created following the Microsoft deal because “I don’t see myself as a real game developer,” as per his blog post.

In a word, Persson quit because he was sick of being a posterchild for success in the games industry. Minecraft is also the most popular online game on the Xbox console and among the top paid app for iOS and Android in the United States.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition 0.9.0 (iPhone screenshot 003)

Console editions of Minecraft are being co-developed by 4J Studios.

The highly engaged Minecraft community in the past two years spent more than two billion hours playing the game on the Xbox 360, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition 0.9.0 (iPhone screenshot 002)

Minecraft for iOS is available in the App Store.

The Mac edition can be downloaded directly from the Minecraft website.

[Microsoft PR, Mojang Blog]

  • Daniel Yong

    OMG NO. WHAT IS MICROSOFT GOING TO DO TO MINECRAFT

    • Dan

      be happy it’s not EA

      • Jason Baroni

        be happier it’s not Zynga

      • Marvin

        Be happiest it’s not Supercell

      • al7oot

        Be Happy, Happier, Happiest it’s not Rovio.

      • Jerry

        I thought I was the only one who hated EA

    • Virus

      Probably something to do with Windows 9 and Windows phone

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Wtf does Minecraft have to do with Windows 9 and Windows Phone? LOL.

      • Microsoft owns Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone and they now own Mojang. It would be in their best interest to dictate to Mojang that they must ensure their Minecraft updates are brought out for Microsoft products first and then the rest of the world later…

        This would be disastorous for consumers since most people (with the exception of the PC and Xbox platforms?) aren’t Microsoft customers…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Lol yeah I can see that but she was talking about Windows 9 and Windows Phone. That has got nothing to do with ensuring Minecraft for PC and Xbox…

      • gary

        You say that most people aren’t Microsoft customers “with the exception of the PC and Xbox platforms” yet PC and Xbox are by far the most popular way that customers access Minecraft. I do not see how, in any way, this is ‘disastrous’ for consumers…

      • Minecraft is consistently among the top paid games for iOS so I think it’s safe to assume people are playing Minecraft on platforms other than PC and Xbox…

      • gary

        I can’t disagree with that. But that’s not what I said, I was saying that overall, in terms of all minecraft players, PC and Xbox are by far the most used platforms for the game. Minecraft is a top app ON iOS, yes. But the amount of players on Minecraft Pocket Edition is not even close to the amount of players on Xbox and PC.

      • True. However in the case of PC it’s a universal binary so can be played on any OS and not just Windows…If Microsoft changed this then there could be problems…

      • gary

        That is a great point. I didn’t know that!

    • Luca Kassab

      Don’t worry be happy!

  • Jason Baroni

    Of course the game will be kept alive; Satya Nadella will keep on playing the game on his iPad.

    • Mukund Bhatla

      Your sense of humor

      • Jason Baroni

        hahaha thanks. Always on!

    • Maxim∑

      LOL, he was caught using a MacBook a few weeks ago right after the surface pro 3 announcement

      • Jason Baroni

        I bet he was on Office 365.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        Maybe he was using windows on it

      • Jason Baroni

        I bet even for him Windows suit is not worth it on a Mac

      • Office on OS X sucks and is nothing like the Windows version…

        On OS X iWork is King…

  • This is the most bizar thing I’v ever read in my entire life. The crappiest looking game ever (i know it’s their creator but what better could they have done), bought for an insane amount of moolah!!

    • It may look crapy but it is excellent. Fun for all ages. Its mean to look and be simple for a lot of reason. Check youtube so you can see what is possible in the world of Minecraft. P.S. I don’t have it nor have ever played it.

  • Chang in Charge

    I predict this will not help Microsoft successfully implement whatever strategy they think this will help. They won’t be more dominant on mobile and this will not push customers to Windows Phone no matter how deeply tied in Minecraft becomes with Microsoft’s ecosystem.

    • It’s all about the money and there’s an insane amount of it to be made from Mojang / Minecraft…

      • Chang in Charge

        not $2.5 Billion worth

      • I’m pretty sure there is $2.5 billion or at least there could be. So far all updates to Minecraft have been free. Just think how much money they could make by selling a reboot of Minecraft, a Minecraft 2.0 so to speak…

  • Finnur Thomsen

    Wasn’t Notch busy criticizing Oculus Rift being sold to Facebook? He canceled the development of Minecraft for Oculus Rift because of it.

  • jack

    RIP

  • Ninja Banana

    Hey man, misspelling of “Minecraft” on 4th paragraph. Forgot the T (:

  • Kr00

    Microsoft seem to be number one at buying other peoples work, but last when producing their own.

  • Joy Citiconti

    Minecrosoft