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Its a slippery slope for Microsoft.

If they carry on developing and selling this game on other platforms I could see their shareholders saying to MSFT to shut down their loss making Xbox console or offloading it and asking them to start making their IP's they own available on other platforms.



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Absolutely terrible decision imo. 2.5b could have been spent in so many better ways. Buying a studio with one HUGE hit for such a large amount is just ridiculous. Google brought YouTube for 1.65b for comparisons sake. For other comparison FB brought Whatsapp for 19b haha. Don't think I will ever understand the business world.



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Article posted right here on VGChartz...

 

http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251858/microsoft-expects-to-break-even-on-mojang-acquisition-this-fiscal-year/

 

Minecrafts 2 largest platforms (PC & X360) are already Microsoft. They will focus more on this and Windows mobile devices. As others have said, this acquistion is more about their mobile stratedy then consoles or PC. 



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You are so wrong if you think the US$2,5 deal is about this pittyfull console war...

The new Microsoft is not that woried where do you use their products, as long as you pay for them.



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Once we make clear that's not just for XB, but also, and probably more, for Windows Phone, this move makes a lot more sense, except for two things:
1) The price paid, Minecraft is big, but it already peaked, so it cannot be the magic bullet that will make Windows successful on phones and tablets, however it can at least help avoiding that the gap widen.
2) Mojang, and particularly its main product Minecraft, is essentially Notch, but MS didn't buy Notch, he sold Mojang to start again from a new smaller company that put less pressure on him.



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Alby_da_Wolf said:
Once we make clear that's not just for XB, but also, and probably more, for Windows Phone, this move makes a lot more sense, except for two things:
1) The price paid, Minecraft is big, but it already peaked, so it cannot be the magic bullet that will make Windows successful on phones and tablets, however it can at least help avoiding that the gap widen.
2) Mojang, and particularly its main product Minecraft, is essentially Notch, but MS didn't buy Notch, he sold Mojang to start again from a new smaller company that put less pressure on him.


Notch hasn´t worked on the game since 2011. The Minecraft´s changed a lot since them and was released in every other platform only after 2012.



Other than MS making money off of Minecraft games, toys, clothing, posters, TV series/movie, books, nothing will change.



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Serious question.

 

It's already out on Ps4 and Ps3. Nothing at this point can save the Vita so it's not a big deal if it doesn't come to Vita.

I don't see a sequel ever coming out, at least not for a long time. 

So what does this accomplish besides Microsoft emptying their pockets?


They bought access and mindshare to a huge vibrant community. They possibly bought good publicity. They possibily bought access to Minecraft on Windows Phones. These things alone could be worth $2.5B, and it's possible they could turn a profit relatively quickly, and all they have to do is let Minecraft continue being Minecraft. Millions upon millions of people are actively playing Minecraft right _now_.

If they bought another studio, like Capcom as I see others have suggested, they would actually have to WORK at making good _new_ games. They would probably get no good real publicity out of it. Capcom is sorta irrelevant imo. How many people are playing a Resident Evil game right _now_. Probably not even close to a million people.



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Nope, even if they make it X1 exclusive, it won't do much, people aren't going to buy a console for MC (They buy MC because they own a machine that plays it, not buy a machine for it).

And it feels like an MS deal moreso than a games division deal which means maximizing profits. Cutting out the best selling console (by far) of this gen wouldn't do too good, and even if they did, there's no way they'd ignore PC. So yea, nothing really changes.