Minecraft Is Now Part of Microsoft, and It Only Cost $2.5 Billion

#Minecraft is making da monies!! #gaming #Microsoft #gamergirl

TIME

Minecraft, the beloved indie sandbox-builder that went on to become the third-bestselling video game in history, is now officially part of Microsoft.

Microsoft confirmed the deal — rumored to be in play for upwards of $2 billion — with an Xbox Wire video and press release this morning. The studio’s few-dozen employees are now employed by one of the largest corporations in the world, save Mojang co-founder Markus “Notch” Persson, who confirmed that he’s leaving the company, along with the studio’s two other founders, Jakob Porsér and Carl Manneh.

In the statement, Microsoft says it will in fact pay $2.5 billion for Stockholm-based Mojang and the studio’s Minecraft franchise. Microsoft says it expects the purchase to “break-even” in the company’s 2015 fiscal year, and that the purchase should be completed by the close of 2014.

Don’t worry — yet: Microsoft says it plans to continue to make Minecraft available…

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