Microsoft has officially announced that they will be acquiring Mojang for $2.5 billion. This also means that Microsoft will get access to Mojang’s games as well, like Minecraft for instance. Minecraft alone should help Microsoft make a lot of money, but maybe there is more to it than just money.
According to GeekWire, Microsoft’s reasons for purchasing Mojang and Minecraft is to help kids learn more about science and technology. I’m sure that’s not the only reason, but it’s a good one. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella says, “If you talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, the best way to introduce anyone to STEM or get their curiosity going on, it’s Minecraft”
Nadella continues, “So I think what this open-world phenomenon will mean to the community at large, for people who builders, is pretty big, and we are very excited about the acquisition, obviously.” Well, many gamers take advantage of the game’s building tools to come up with all sorts of interesting creations, so why not Microsoft? People create buildings, theme parks, and more. It is a very useful playground and in the right hands it could do amazing things that we have not even thought of yet. It sounds like a good plan.
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