According to a Wall Street Journal report, citing a “person with knowledge of the matter,” Microsoft it currently in talks to purchase Mojang, the Swedish development studio behind Minecraft.
The report claims that the deal could be worth in excess of $2 billion, a price that seems to make sense given the fact that Minecraft has sold over 54 million copies to date. Not only would the deal be massive, but it could be done “as early as this week” if the rumor is in fact true.
Take this rumor with a grain of salt, as I just don’t see things lining up for this to happen. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the celebrity developer and co-founder of Mojang, doesn’t seem like the sort to sell in such a fashion and, with only about 40 employees working on two known games in Cobalt and Scrolls, the purchase would have to be fueled by Microsoft’s desire to control the Minecraft IP. This in itself wouldn’t do much to win them anything in a console war with Sony, as the game has already released on the PS4.
Keep tuned in and we’ll update if we hear anything new in regards to this report. What do you think of the prospect of Microsoft buying Mojang? Let me know in the comments below.