Tech giant Microsoft is to buy Mojang, creators of Minecraft, for $2.5bn, reports the Associated Press.
The phenomenal appeal and success of Minecraft — just check our archives over the last few years!
This is a huge deal, especially if you know the scope of Minecraft. The thing that will be interesting to me is how Microsoft will keep the game family friendly, and in that same vain, how it will take advantage of how school curriculums are using the game. This is not only a huge gaming opportunity for Microsoft, but also one that can promote its participation in its e-learning/educational departments. Minecraft is not only used to teach kids about creating 3-D worlds, but it teaches teamwork and society building among other skills. I know my son’s school lets the kids play Minecraft quite a bit during their free period, and it’s what has helped my son with his socialization skills.
Let’s see what Microsoft does with that. They’ve certainly acquired a gold mine, that’s for sure!