Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang

Worldwide gaming smash to become part of Redmond’s stable

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Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang Acquiring Mojang will be seen as an attempt by Microsoft to attract more users to Windows Phone devices. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 16, 2014

Microsoft Corp has agreed to pay $2.5bn for Swedish mobile game firm Mojang, maker of global hit game Minecraft, online media reported.

Minecraft has been downloaded some 54m times, according to various reports. The gameplay revolves around building structures with Lego-style blocks and supports multiplayer battles.

The acquisition comes in the same year that Microsoft finalised its takeover of Nokia's devices unit and agreed a controversial exclusive deal with Square Enix for Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One.

The moves are all widely seen as an attempt to attract more consumers to Microsoft's devices.

"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," said Microsoft chief executive, Satya Nadella.

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