Official: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for 2.5 billion dollars
Microsoft officially announced the acquisition of Swedish game developer Mojang and its popular franchise game Minecraft, for 2.5 billion dollars, reports Reuters.
The software giant expects that the investment will return to fiscal 2015, the Transaction will be completed at the end of this year.
«Games are a major part of activities on all devices, be it PCs, consoles, tablets and mobile devices, and users spend billions of hours on games every year,» said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
«Minecraft is more than just a popular franchise, the game is an open global platform with a vibrant community,» he added.
The acquisition of Mojang would be the biggest deal for Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, who took office in February.
As soon as he became the head of Microsoft, the company began to pay more attention to mobile devices and cloud services, as the PC market continues to slow. In addition, the strategy of Nadella some apps from the Microsoft has no longer exclusive to Windows and got work with competing operating systems.
Microsoft has announced that it intends to continue to develop Minecraft on all platforms for which the game is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.