It was reported a few days ago that Microsoft plans to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang. New details say the deal will be worth $2.5 billion.
The original report came from The Wall Street Journal that said Microsoft was in serious discussions to buyout Minecraft developer Mojang for around $2 billion.
Reuters has some interesting new details on the story. According to their source who knows about the situation, they say the deal is worth a whopping $2.5 billion. They also revealed Microsoft will make an official announcement on the matter this upcoming Monday (September 15th).
Reuters said $2.5 billion is “small change” to Microsoft as they already have “$86 billion in cash and short-term investments”. Obviously this means Microsoft has a lot of money and $2.5 billion to buy Mojang will not hurt them financially in any way. Reuters did however say that this will be one of the biggest video game acquisitions in history. If you remember, Facebook acquired Oculus Rift for $2 billion earlier this year.
The implications for Microsoft to acquire Mojang are huge. If Minecraft is to be Microsoft exclusive, the Xbox One could have a potential huge hit if Minecraft 2 is ever made. The game could still be released on PC and Windows Phones, but other platforms would be out of the equation.
All we can do right now is wait until Monday to see if Reuters is right about Microsoft making an announcement on the deal.