As you know, Microsoft today announced that they have acquired Mojang Studios. While we already read about Microsoft’s point out view of this acquisition, what about Mojang’s employees? In their official blog post, they posted a short Q&A to serve their loyal community. Just like everyone of us, they heard it today and they are hoping everything will be ok. They highlighted that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. Once again they confirmed that there’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android versions of Minecraft to stop. Why did you sell Minecraft? Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you ...

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As you already know, Microsoft today announced that they are planning to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft franchise for about $2.5 billion. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox today commented the following regarding the acquisition. Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world. Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that they are acquiring Mojang, the developer of popular cross-platform game franchise Minecraft. All those reports from last week are true, as Microsoft is paying $2.5 billion for Minecraft. Also, the founders of Mojang are leaving for a new project as Mojang will join other Microsoft Studios in enabling “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 15, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful ...

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Few days back, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. They reported that deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. Today, Reuters reported that Microsoft may announce the acquisition of Mojang on Monday. The price was mentioned as $2.5 billion, which is about 8 times of Mojang’s sales last year. Even though it is a costly acquisition, Microsoft can afford it because of the huge overseas cash they have, which is about $86 billion in cash and short-term ...

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Microsoft today announced new Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles that will be available next week around the world. Following are the three bundles that are available, Xbox 360 500 GB Holiday Value Bundle: This Xbox 360 500 GB bundle includes copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. You also get one month of Xbox Live Gold access for new low price of $249 US. Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle: If you decide to pick up the above bundle at Walmart in the US, there’s a special version for you: The Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle includes an arctic blue console and controller and includes everything mentioned in the bundle above, and also retails for $249. Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle: The 4GB Kinect Bundle showcases three games – Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Forza Horizon – along with one month of Xbox Live Gold access. This bundle ...

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Microsoft has updated Xbox One SmartGlass beta app in Windows Store. You now have activity feed alerts, popular games in friends, and many UI improvements. This public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. What’s new: See the Top Games in Profile and Popular Games in Friends Activity Feed Alerts and UI improvements Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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For the eighth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the increasing of console sales after the price cut was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4. But the good news is that Xbox Ones sales are on the increasing month over month. In fact, Xbox One sales “nearly” doubled from July partially due to strong demand for the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle. Sony announced that they are leading the combined console sales in the US for three months in a row now. The good news for console industry is that, after nearly 10 months of launch in the retail, combined PS4 and Xbox One sales are up 70% than where combined PS3 and Xbox 360 sales over the same time period. Find the list of top games in sales for the month of August below, 1. Madden NFL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3) 2. Diablo ...

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Forget Gold Apple Watch, you can now buy a gold Xbox One in Dubai. Of course, you have to pay whole lot of money, $13,700 to be exact. Jumbo Electronics, one of Dubai’s largest electronics retailers is going to premier the world’s first Xbox One made of gold at Games14, the biggest video game convention in the Middle East. This special edition console is made of rose gold case created by renowned Italian jeweller Gatti will be available for sale at the gaming show. If you want it little cheaper, British dream factory Harrods is also selling a 24-carat-gold-plated Xbox One for just £6,000, or $9778.80, Source: Kotaku ...

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Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games today revealed the launch trailer of Forza Horizon 2 showcasing the game’s massive wide-open world racing experience and ultimate celebration of speed, style and action-packed driving. The trailer highlights the game’s beautiful southern European setting and thrilling, action-packed racing with more than 200 cars that are available at launch. They also revealed the new details on Forza Rewards. Fans will be eligible to receive several Forza Horizon 2 cars through Forza Rewards, the loyalty program where players can earn in-game content just for playing Forza games. Whether they’re an experienced Forza Faithful or a first time driver, all Forza players have a chance to add up to five in-game cars to their Forza Horizon 2 garage the first time they log in to the game. These five in-game (not DLC) cars include the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the 2013 Viper GTS, the 2015 Lamborghini ...

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FIFA 15 game is now available for pre-order from Xbox Store. Also, you can get 10% off your purchase and an exclusive trial five days before the release date, you’ll need to sign up for EA Access before you pre-purchase FIFA 15. This game is expected to release on Sep 23rd, but you can download the game before it. Game Description: FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering like on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. For the first time ever, all 22 players on the pitch are connected with Emotional Intelligence – now players will react to opponents and teammates within the context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Next Generation Visuals put ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a cloud based gaming service. Last year, they even demoed it during company meeting with a Lumia 520 Windows Phone device running Halo game from the cloud. Recently, Microsoft Research revealed their project DeLorean, which uses speculation to enable low-latency continuous interaction for cloud gaming. Read about it here. Microsoft always said that latency is the main issue is delivering games via cloud. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is currently working on a project that can allow users to play Xbox games through a web browser. Also, it is reportedly a full 60fps game streamed via cloud to the browser. Microsoft is testing this project both with last generation and current generation games and it is expected to be the company’s next killer gaming feature. The question now is when will Microsoft deliver this feature to end users? Even though delivering games via ...

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To be honest, the Xbox One sales mystery continues. As you all know, the sales of Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 by several million units. Microsoft is expanding to several new markets with Xbox One this month. According to the latest report from Famitsu, Microsoft Xbox One sold 23,562 units in its first week on the Japanese market. They comment it as the worst console launch and the numbers are less than half of the number of Xbox 360 systems sold in Japan. Also, it is important to note that Japan always remains a tougher marker for Microsoft as people over there have strong brand attraction towards their home console company Sony. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but ...

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Bloomberg yesterday reported that Microsoft is in late stages talks with Mojang, the developer of popular video game Minecraft. The deal’s value is worth more than $2 Billion and may be concluded as soon as this week, though next week is more likely. Minecraft game is already available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and many other platforms and have sold over 50 million copies to date. Microsoft is looking to expand the game’s reach on all the platforms and also planning to expand the licensing deals with other companies. The key here is the price Microsoft is ready to pay for Minecraft. According to me, anything above $2 billion is a premium price that Microsoft will pay. The deal came together after Mojang founder Markus Persson reached out to Microsoft a few months ago, based on a positive working relationship on Minecraft for Xbox, said the person familiar with Microsoft. ...

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Just like every other big franchise games in console, Sunset Overdrive will also have season pass on Xbox One. Games can buy it on Xbox Live and participating retailers at release. As you expect, it includes exclusive content, the first three complete Game Add-ons for Sunset Overdrive, as well as six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps available exclusively to Season Pass purchasers as soon as the game is released. The Sunset Overdrive Season Pass grants you: Two campaign Game Add-ons that each deliver new locations to explore, stories to experience, and bosses to battle. Each of these Add-ons also includes new weapons, new Amps, a new Trap, new character outfits as well as new challenges and Chaos Squad* objectives! The Weapons Pack Game Add-on, which includes four deadly new weapons to augment your arsenal! BONUS – six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps to use as soon as the game is ...

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Microsoft today announced that NHL 15 game is now available for order and download on Xbox One. NHL 15 brings hockey to life the sights, sounds and feel of real NHL action like never before with real-world physics leading to multiplayer collisions and pileups through 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. Game Description: Built to harness the power of the next generation console – NHL® 15 brings to life the sights, sounds and feel of real NHL action like never before. Every player is affected by real-world physics leading to multiplayer collisions and pileups through 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. NHL 15 welcomes Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and analyst Ray Ferraro providing insight through revolutionary real life visuals all presented in an authentic NBC Sports Broadcast Package. This is the next generation of Hockey. To get 10% off your purchase and an exclusive trial five days before the release date, ...

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Destiny game is now available for download from Xbox Store for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Destiny is an incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure. Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. GAME OVERVIEW: From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden ...

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