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Microsoft buys maker of Minecraft
15 Sep 2014 16:04
Microsoft has acquired Stockholm-based games developer Mojang, which makes the popular open world game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.
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The Swedish firm boasts more than 100 million users of the title, which is available on a number of platforms including PC and mobile.
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The deal will see Minecraft stand alongside other Microsoft-owned franchises like Halo, Fable and Forza.
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In a post to the Microsoft website, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said the game would continue to be available on other companies' platforms, and promised Mojang's "independent spirit" would be maintained.
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He said the company had been drawn to the game as it had been the best ever selling title on its Xbox Live service, while also appealing to a broad demographic of gamers.
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The deal is expected to close in late 2014.
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