Microsoft acquires popular game ‘Minecraft’


WSJ: The software giant purchased Mojang AB, maker of the videogame, for $2.5 billion.

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WSJ: The software giant purchased Mojang AB, maker of the videogame, for $2.5 billion.

Microsoft, which had tried before to buy Mojang, moved quickly to secure a deal as other potential suitors expressed interest, said a person familiar the matter. The two companies signed an exclusivity agreement in July, this person said, when it became clear that Mojang’s founders were open to selling.

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.

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