Minecraft is a phenomenon. Your gran probably runs her own Minecraft server. It’s common knowledge that everyone who works at Mojang is actually made of gold – which means they can’t swim, but it’s a small price to pay. This means one thing: big companies want more than just a piece of it. Big companies like Microsoft.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in talks, serious talks, with Mojang over the acquisition of the Swedish company.
The deal values Mojang at a whopping $2 billion, which would allow Notch to probably coat all of Sweden in gold.
A “person with knowledge on the matter” says that the deal could be signed as early as this week.
You probably couldn’t get further away from indie than Microsoft, and the company has not exactly been PC-friendly over the last decade.
Microsoft and Mojang are, of course, keeping quiet about the alleged deal – if it is going down – but after Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, it doesn’t seem completely improbable.
Cheers, The Wall Street Journal.