Microsoft Announces Mojang Acquisition for $2.5 Billion

After repeated reports cropped up last week that Microsoft was near a deal to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang, it’s now official. 

In a post on the platform’s official site, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed Mojang is now part of Microsoft’s stable in a lengthy message. Now, those wondering, you’ll be glad to know that Microsoft will continue to push Minecraft for rival platforms such as Android, PlayStation, etc. 

At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

The Minecraft community is passionate and diverse, ranging across all ages and demographics. We respect the brand and independent spirit that has made Minecraft great, and we’ll carry on the tradition of innovation to move the franchise forward. Our investments in cloud, Xbox Live and mobile technology will enable players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect with the Minecraft community.

Spencer confirmed that MINECON, the yearly convention dedicated to all things Minecraft, will continue next year. Not only that, but Microsoft is looking to create “more” ways for the community to connect with each other — both in person, and online. More info will be revealed during the coming months.

You can check out the complete statement here.

Does this affect your decision to buy Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 or Vita? What do you make of this most recent Microsoft acquisition? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Source: Xbox]