Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy Minecraft for $2 billion

The multi-platform game has sold more than 50 million copies since 2009.

Mar 1, 2020, 9:58 pm*

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Michelle Jaworski 

Michelle Jaworski

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish-based company behind Minecraft, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Neither Microsoft nor Mojang AB have commented on the alleged deal. An unnamed source told The Wall Street Journal the deal could be signed as early as this week and is valued at more than $2 billion.

If the purchase does go through, Mojang could give Microsoft a built-in group of younger fans. It would also be the first multi-billion dollar grab by Microsoft’s new chief executive Satya Nadella since starting the position.

Minecraft is Mojang’s most successful game to date, currently available on multiple platforms and selling more than 50 million copies since it was released in 2009. It’s not yet clear what the move would mean for Microsoft’s competitors (e.g. Sony’s Playstation).

Nothing has officially been signed yet, but people already have plenty to say about the deal and the implications of a Microsoft-owned Minecraft.

The proposed deal may come as a shock for some who’ve been following Minecraft. Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, balked when Microsoft wanted to certify Minecraft back in 2012.

Later he seemed to work out his differences with the company. Microsoft and Mojang have not responded to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

H/T Wall Street Journal | Photo via Kenming Wang/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 9, 2014, 8:55 pm