Microsoft likely to announce $2.5bn Mojang acquisition on Sept 15

Microsoft likely to announce $2.5bn Mojang acquisition on Sept 15

According to a new Reuters report, US software giant Microsoft is likely to announce its acquisition of Mojang - the Swedish game development studio behind Minecraft - on Monday, September 15. Microsoft is paying $2.5 billion for Mojang acquisition.

The latest Reuters report comes days after some earlier reports said that Microsoft is nearing an acquisition deal with Mojang.

About Microsoft's apparent objective behind the Mojang acquisition, the Reuters report said that the purchase is "more aimed at pulling users onto the software company's obscure mobile platform than its better known PC system or Xbox game console."

Though Mojang, on its own, is highly unlikely to develop a Windows Phone version of Minecraft - Pocket Edition, the mobile port which the company is currently offering for iOS and Android platforms, the acquisition of the company by Microsoft will definitely bring the popular sandbox game to Windows Phone.

The expected availability of a Minecraft version for the Windows Phone platform - a move expected to result from Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang - will notably help increase the sales of Windows Phone handsets.

In reference to the imminent acquisition of Mojang by Microsoft, Dave Bisceglia - CEO of independent game studio Tap Lab - said: "It seems like Microsoft is looking at Mojang and Minecraft as a way to tap into this enormous cultural phenomenon."

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