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    Soon to be Microsoft’s Mojang?

    If accurate, I imagine this would end up being a bigger deal in consoleland than on PC, but the Wall Street Journal seem moderately convinced that Microsoft are going to buy Mojang. It’s not easy to tell a great deal beyond that because to read the entire piece you need a WSJ subscription. Which I don’t have.

    Helpfully, the opening lines (which can be read) seem to a fair bit of the story’s substance.

    The WSJ’s hot source is “a person with knowledge of the matter,” which is about as vague as you can get. Mind you, a similar “person close to the companies” had the right idea about the Twitch-Amazon deal a few weeks back.

    Anyway, Microsoft would supposedly be buying the Swedish-based Minecraft developer for a deal “valued at more than $2 billion” and it could go through “as early as this week.”

    Selling out to Microsoft seems like a most un-Notch-like thing to do, but perhaps the allure of $2 billion would be too strong. Not that he’d be lacking in cash to begin with having invented Minecraft.

    As far as Microsoft’s strategy goes, I have no idea. Presumably they’d like the sound of “Minecraft 2, only on Xbox.” Either that, or Mojang is quietly developing something else utterly amazing. Or Microsoft really like Scrolls.

    Peter Parrish

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