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Microsoft Reportedly Buying Minecraft Maker Mojang

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This is not fun news to wake up to. Microsoft if apparently buying the indie studio Mojang for more than 2 billion dollars.

This is very very strange considering Notch cancelled an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft due to Facebook buying Oculus VR, so to then allow the company to be sold to Microsoft is just odd.

Not only that, but Notch himself has been very vocal about hating Windows 8 to the point of saying things like this:

Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help "certify" minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.

— Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012

 

I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way..

Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012


To then sell his company to that very company would be a very strange turnaround.

Not only that, but Microsoft doesn't have a good history with Linux, so this could also stop our future of getting Mojang's next game Scrolls which we have covered coming. The good thing with Minecraft is it already supports Linux as a platform, so that wouldn't just be taken away.

It's just such an odd move. What would they want with a company like Mojang? Minecraft isn't exactly a new game for them to help shape how they like, and it's already on their competing games consoles.

Who wouldn't turn down 2+ billion dollars though?

Mojang are being tight lipped, so that suggests something is happening. Why else wouldn't you outright deny it?

What do you make of all this?

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STiAT 12 Sep, 2014
Hope he gets a free copy of Win8 to his 2 billions ;-).

Seriously, getting offered two billions - no matter what, I can understand the decision.
Crazy Penguin 15 Sep, 2014
Now it is official. Mojang has been sold to Microsoft. :(
Plintslîcho 15 Sep, 2014
Sorry, this comment was meant to go into another news post.
oldrocker99 16 Sep, 2014
It is interesting to see this acquisition being made and the comments seen here make a lot of sense. M$ does have deep pockets, but I cannot imagine how they think they can make it back.
oldrocker99 16 Sep, 2014
[oops];)
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