IT giant scroll up $ 2.5 billion for the Stockholm-based company Mojang.
It said Microsoft in a statement.
Mojang will be included in Microsoft Studios, where already the developers of “Halo,” “Forza” and “Fable” are included.
Microsoft pays $ 2.5 billion for the company, and writes in the press release that it expects to break even within the next years.
Minecraft is that of the greatest games successes and downloaded over 100 million times since its launch in 2009.
The press release states that the game is among the most lucrative game patches for iOS and Android in the United States. Overall it was played over two billion hours Minecraft on Xbox 360 in the last two years.
On its website Mojang confirms that yes, the deal is correct, and the company sold to Microsoft.
Where it is stated also that Mojang creator Markus Persson, also known as Notch, is leaving the company. The decision comes as a result of that he did not want to have the responsibility that comes with owning a large company. He would rather continue with smaller projects.
– Despite the fact that we are very proud of what Minecraft has been, it was never Notch intention that it would become so big, it says.
Microsoft said it plans to make the game available on any platform it is today.
– Minecraft is more than a game, it is a worldwide platform operated by an active online community we care really about, says Microsoft chief Satya Nadella.