Head of Xbox Phil Spencer Discusses Microsoft’s $2.5bn Acquisition of Minecraft

Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox ONE
Genres: Action, First-Person Shooter

See Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft and the future of the Minecraft community in the video above.

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world.

Earlier today the creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, sold the Minecraft IP and the company that developes Mincraft to Microsoft for a reported $2.5bn.

“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”
– Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Mojang’s founder, Markus “Notch” Persson, has previously criticised Microsoft’s policies, and commented that the market for Windows phones was “tiny” and not worth developing apps for. In a statement earlier today, Notch had this to say:

“I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.

It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”
– Markus “Notch” Persson

Minecraft has a large and enthusiastic cult following, many of whom have reacted angrily to what they see as a corporate takeover of a communally-spirited independent company. Although Microsoft was quick to assure the community that ‘nothing will change’ in the short term and they will continue to support Minecraft in its current form on all platforms.

As for the forthcoming Minecraft 2 game? As yet no one knows and it’ll be interesting to see whether Microsoft choose to make it an Xbox One exclusive in order to sell consoles.

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