It has been confirmed : Microsoft announced Monday, September 15 having bought Mojang, the publisher of Minecraft for $2.5 billon.
It looks like Microsoft is betting the popularity of “Minecraft,” which lets people use Lego-like blocks to create lush digital worlds, can lure more people to the company’s struggling Windows smartphone system, and draw into its orbit a younger crop of users and software developers.
Minecraft is a best-selling title, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its launch in 2009
Patrick Mahony thinks that Microsoft made a bad move by acquiring Majang without the company’s founders. Markus Persson and Mojang’s two other founders said they’re leaving to work on new projects. Without Mojang’s founders, it could be difficult for Microsoft to sustain the videogame and nurture its community. The bigger potential gain is a chance to bolster Microsoft’s smartphone business. For example, the company could make a “Minecraft” app for Windows PCs or smartphones, with extra features not available on other phones.