Talk has been circulating around the web all week of Microsoft acquiring Minecraft studio Mojang for a billion-plus dollars. Today, Reuters reported that the deal is set to be announced this Monday, and is for a jaw-dropping $2.5 billion. That’s a whole lot of diamonds, ladies and gents.
Bloomberg broke the first reports of this early last week, stating that Markus “Notch” Persson was negotiating a $2 billion deal with Microsoft. They previously expressed interest in Mojang and its user base, figuring they could be used to help build the Windows Phone business into a more viable competitor to others (Android, iOS). If Reuters report holds true, it looks like Persson might’ve won the negotiation battle, and had an extra 500 million tacked onto the deal if the rumor is to be taken as canon.
This would make Minecraft yet another big acquisition of a gaming-related property, following Twitch and Oculus into the land of Lamborghini’s and fish aquarium floors (because that’s what billionaires have, right). Will Minecraft 2 be an PC/Xbox/Windows Phone exclusive assuming it ever happens? Will Master Chief make a cameo in the Minecraft movie? Will Microsoft even touch the Minecraft IP and instead work on something completely different with Mojang? So many questions to be asked, but we’ll save the rest of them for the official announcement, should it happen early this upcoming week.