The Wall Street Journal Rumor: Mojang to be bought by Microsoft for $2 billion

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Microsoft is in serious discussions to buy Mojang, the Swedish company behind the popular "Minecraft" videogame, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The deal would be valued at more than $2 billion and could be signed as early as this week, this person said.

A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment, as did Mojang's CEO, Carl Manneh.

An acquisition would be a surprising turn for closely held Mojang, whose 35-year-old founder, Markus Persson, has shunned outside investment and is revered in the videogame community for publicly railing against big corporations including, two years ago, Microsoft.
09-10-2014 09:14 AM StaffPremium
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Originally Posted by Fshguy
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Originally Posted by B8TINGU
That company is about to be 16 extremely rich people.
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It would be a poor investment, in my mind. Notch isn't exactly cut out for any of this, and they're unlikely to pump out games as successful as Minecraft is.
It would be a poor investment, in my mind. Notch isn't exactly cut out for any of this, and they're unlikely to pump out games as successful as Minecraft is.
Originally Posted by Obsidian Tides
$2B seems ridiculously expensive, but if MS was going to pull the trigger on that I'm sure they have a plan on how to recoup that investment and it would be a lot more than just the great game sales.
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It would be a poor investment, in my mind. Notch isn't exactly cut out for any of this, and they're unlikely to pump out games as successful as Minecraft is.
Originally Posted by Obsidian Tides
There is the entire merchandising side to it, too. Plush toys, books, plastic toys, Official LEGO sets... Minecraft is huge, with a large following and backend. I'm sure MS sees something there, and something on the horizon.
Update: A few new developments have surfaced, including details on the deal and when it should be completed. The New York Times reports that Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. Perhaps most interesting though is that should the deal go through, Notch might not stay past six months after the ink has dried. Why? He likely wants to make sure his employees are being well taken care of. According to Bloomberg's sources, Notch (not Microsoft) actually made the approach to Redmond given the positive experience Mojang had bringing Minecraft to the Xbox One. Bloomberg also reports that Notch will help with the transition into ownership, but doesn't plan on staying long beyond that -- this isn't Microsoft forcing him out, it could be him looking to try his hand at something else.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/09/m...ang-minecraft/
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