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Does Microsoft owning Minecraft actually do anything???

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disolitude said:
I know its hard for people who think gaming is the center of the universe to think outside the box, but here is a tip...Microsoft couldn't give shit about minecraft as a game IP and that is not what they paid 2 billion for.

When they want is people who play Minecraft using microsoft accounts, which leads to microsoft services. Minecraft is everywhere, on every platform and once this deal goes through, in order to play it on any console you will need to log in with a microsoft account. Buying minecraft is a gateway for them to get iOS, Android, PS3, PS4 users to create microsoft accounts and potentially utilize other microsoft services and advertising.

Facebook paid something like 14 billion for WhatsApp for this exact same reason. They have a messenger that is as good if not better yet they blew 14 billion on whatsapp.

I am confused. Whatsapp requires a facebook account? 



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Nate4Drake said:

Can't understand why MS didn't use part of those money(they have a lot) to build a better console.  They created an average piece of hardware and then they spend 2.5B $$$ to own  Mojang  ??!!  


i cant belive, what i have to read here...

 



It's pointless, they should have done it like a year ago.



$2.5 billion is quite excessive and Minecraft definitely is not worth that much. The deal won't do anything other than the fact that some of the money will go to MS for each sale. So, the Playstation versions of Minecraft won't go away because they sell really well and MS does not want to miss out on any good opportunity to earn more money. The strategy is smart, but the amount of money MS is paying to acquire Minecraft is not.





Time should tell if it makes sense or not.

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prinz_valium said:
Nate4Drake said:

Can't understand why MS didn't use part of those money(they have a lot) to build a better console.  They created an average piece of hardware and then they spend 2.5B $$$ to own  Mojang  ??!!  


i cant belive, what i have to read here...

 


Not everyone who is active on forums knows how hardware stuff and business decisions work, obviously.



The way I see the whole deal: Mojang is in it because of passion, MS is in it because of money. Sure, Mojang isn't charity either but I doubt money was their main focus.



Microsoft will release the inevitable Minecraft 2 with the exact same gameplay exclusively to the Xbox One. Most people won't care because they have the first game to play. Waste of money as I see it.



D-Joe said:
So why people think it's a decision from Xbox division?you guys really think CEO will give Xbox division that kind of money?

This.

I doubt MS made this purchase just for Xbox. They aren't even going to pull it from competiting platforms.



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Perhaps, this move is to get Microsoft into the Third Party Software door?

Microsoft hasn't had the best of luck in the console hardware market since they started with the original Xbox in 2001. Maybe, they bought Mojang and MineCraft to prepare themselves for software releases on multiple platforms to help bolster their software line-up. MineCraft 2, Halo, Gears of War, and Fable would all do really well on pretty much any platform.

Is it crazy to think that MS took a look at the success of Minecraft and is thinking about applying it to their own franchises in addition to the purchase of MineCraft? Ehhh, probably.