Monday, September 15, 2014

Mojang is Officially Bought By Microsoft - Gamers Source

Hello and welcome to the Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. Mojang officially announces it's acquisition by Microsoft and another Sony exec confirms that PS Vita is doing just fine. So, without further ado, the news:

  • Mojang is Bought By Microsoft for $2.5 Billion - Officially announced via the Mojang website, Microsoft will be buying the developer. The move is reported to come from a desire of Marcus 'Notch' Persson and fellow co-founders Carl and Jakob to leave the company for smaller endeavors while the rest of the company wishes to grow Minecraft. "As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle."

    A further quote from the announcement talked about why Microsoft is such a good fit for Mojang. "There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way."

    According to the message, Minecraft for other platforms is continuing development and support, despite Microsoft taking over the developer. It'll be interesting to see how far this goes, especially considering the rival platforms that Minecraft is on. The big question really is, what is Microsoft going to do with Mojang? This is very similar to when Microsoft bought Rare, which was on the downward spiral from it's big releases and has not been doing much of anything since it was bought by the company. Minecraft is huge, but one IP can only carry a studio so far, so what is next for Mojang under Microsoft rule?
  • Sony UK Managing Director Reassures About Vita - Despite what most think, the PS Vita is still doing what Sony wants it to do. Sony UK boss Fergal Gara spoke to Eurogamer, talking about how the PS Vita is 'trucking along'. "It's not the biggest niche in the world... But for those who want that more specialist device and a more specialist experience, it does a damn good job, and therefore it trucks along quite nicely." This is nice to hear, as it is reassuring to know that Sony still thinks about the Vita, but I would personally rather hear news about new games for the device than 'it's doing good'.
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