Let not a single person speak badly of the people at Microsoft who signed the deal to acquire Mojang this year. Though they’ve agreed to pay $2.5 billion dollars for the developer group and the game Minecraft, they “expect the acquisition to be a break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis.”
Microsoft is currently in their Q4 FY14 – that means the company expects to make $2.5 billion in profit from Mojang properties in less than a year from now. The fourth quarter of Microsoft’s 2015 Fiscal Year sits between April and June of our general 2015. Results for that quarter will be reported near the end of July, 2015 – stay tune for that.
Until then, we’ve got the deal’s close to wait for. The acquisition itself isn’t closed yet – it’s expected to close in “late 2014.”
Minecraft is the top paid app for both iOS and Android in the United States right this minute. It’s one of the most downloaded PC games in history, with 100 million downloads and counting since release in 2009.
Microsoft suggests that they’ll “continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today.” This includes PC, iOS, Android, Xbox, and PlayStation. Whether or not this means the PlayStation 4 version will be coming – that’s another subject entirely.
UPDATE: Word is that the PlayStation 4 version will continue to be available well through the future. This and the PlayStation 3 version are included under the “available today” umbrella, and thus will continue to be made available and updated through the future.
We’ll expect a Windows Phone version before too long, too – it’s long overdue!