A rumor began going around the internet a few days ago that Microsoft was discussing an acquisition of Mojang, the company behind the wildly popular Minecraft. New reports suggest that the surprise $2.5 billion deal will be officially announced by Microsoft on Monday.
There are numerous reasons why Microsoft would be interesting in securing the rights to Minecraft, but some analysts and developers believe that the biggest reason for the acquisition could be related to Windows Phone, and how Microsoft could use the popular game to expand its Windows Phone business.
Minecraft is insanely popular, having garnered over 100 million players across all platforms, a significant chunk of which are on iOS and Android. Minecraft is, as of yet, not available on Windows Phone, but should Microsoft acquire Mojang, that will undoubtedly change.
“We don’t view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft’s intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis,” says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund.
While that certainly isn’t the sole reason that Microsoft could be interested in Minecraft, the company could potentially opt to create a version for Windows and Windows Phone that has additional features and benefits over those on iOS and Android.
Read more about the story at Reuters.