Microsoft had the chance to buy Minecraft a number of years earlier than they did. A brand new e-book from Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella means that the corporate had been contemplating buying Minecraft, presumably as early as 2011, however selected to not go forward with the sale.
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Microsoft did, after all, buy Minecraft in mid-2014, however Nadella’s new e-book suggests they’d the possibility to buy Mojang far sooner than that. According to Nadella, present Xbox boss Phil Spencer was pushing for the sale.
Nadella writes “Early in Microsoft’s relationship with Mojang, before I was CEO, Phil presented an opportunity to purchase Minecraft, but Phil’s boss at the time chose not to move forward.”
In a TV look in 2013, Minecraft creator Markus Persson stated he wasn’t seeking to promote, and has additionally recommended that regardless of a number of affords, it wasn’t till 2014 that Mojang moved to pursue a sale.
Microsoft’s provide may have come very early within the partnership between themselves and Mojang. Minecraft was first launched in beta in 2010, and the 2 corporations introduced a partnership in Spring 2011, to develop an Xbox 360 model of the sport. This may have been a chance for Microsoft to buy Mojang, had been it not for the previous head of Xbox, Don Mattrick, who would have been Spencer’s boss on the time.