Little known details about the sale of Mojang, which took place in 2014. Then, if you remember, Minecraft, along with Mojang, was sold by the creator of the game, Marcus Purson (Notch), to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.
Microsoft vice president of gaming, Phil Spencer, told Fortune that the initiative to sell Minecraft came from Mojang itself. According to him, the proposal came after it became clear that Microsoft was seriously looking at the development of the gaming direction (the Xbox One game console was released in 2013):
"After that, Carl called and said: "Hi, do you want to buy Minecraft?" We previously collaborated by creating a Minecraft port for this Xbox 360 with Carl and Notch."
According to him, the purchase of Minecraft is one of the most important acquisitions of the company, which allowed to double the business of Xbox Studios. By the way, it's Christmas soon, and we recommend these Christmas skins for a variety of gameplay. He noted this, saying that the company takes investments very seriously, such as buying a game, especially when it comes to amounts like a couple of billion dollars.
I must say that in Minecraft since the acquisition of the game there really have been important changes. And it's not about the release of game updates, but about distributing it on various platforms, about creating a full-fledged franchise.
First of all, this is the release of a single version of the game on various platforms from mobile phones to game consoles. This is the creation of the Minecraft marketplace, which allowed individual creative-minded fans of the game to build a business based on the game. These are two new games that are currently under development - Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons.