Mojang http://www.stuff.tv/mojang/news en-GB Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massively popular building game will remain on competing platforms, it seems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1410834748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m">the sensational rumour</a>, Microsoft today announced that it has acquired the Minecraft franchise and its creator, Swedish studio Mojang, at a price of US$2.5 billion (&pound;1.54 billion).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve become a symbol. I don&rsquo;t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don&rsquo;t understand, that I don&rsquo;t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me,&rdquo; he writes. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not an entrepreneur. I&rsquo;m not a CEO. I&rsquo;m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.&rdquo;</p> <p>For now, it&rsquo;s likely that we&rsquo;ll see no change in course for Minecraft. It&rsquo;s selling tremendously on all platforms, with more than 54 million copies purchased to date, and now Microsoft will reap all of that immense profit.</p> <p>As noted, this move isn&rsquo;t likely made to restrict Minecraft as we know it to Microsoft-supported platforms. But don&rsquo;t be surprised if the next generation of Minecraft is limited to Microsoft&rsquo;s own platforms, at least at first, or perhaps has exclusive features or functionality not seen on competing platforms.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-to-join-microsoft">Xbox Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sept14/09-15news.aspx">Microsoft</a>, <a href="https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/">Mojang</a>, <a href="http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/">Notch Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EkKEd4Y8GIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:37:13 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447727 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft might buy Minecraft maker, Little Printer creator folds, and October’s Xbox One update overhauls Snap access http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the morning after an Apple event, this is all of the other news that popped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone_0.jpg?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang and Minecraft going to Microsoft? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is a surprise: According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is seeking to purchase <em>Minecraft</em> developer Mojang AB. The discussed deal is reportedly worth more than USD$2 billion (&pound;1.24 billion), which seems downright crazy for a studio that has shipped only one major game.</p> <p>Then again, the block-based, world-building favorite has sold more than 54 million copies across platforms and spawned an insane amount of top-selling merchandise - and there might even be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">a movie adaptation</a> in the works. A deal could be finalised within days, says the report.</p> <p>Bloomberg adds that Mojang founder Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson reached out to Microsoft about a potential acquisition months back, and that he is not likely to stay on longterm should the deal go through. And Microsoft reportedly won&rsquo;t pull other platforms&rsquo; versions of <em>Minecraft</em> in this proposed acquisition, perhaps wishing to keep growing the brand while hurrying to concoct an exclusive sequel.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213">The Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html">Bloomberg</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/9/6128819/microsoft-buying-mojang-minecraft-report">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news">Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Printer maker Berg shutting down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Berg, the London company behind the adorable Little Printer nano-printer, has announced that it&rsquo;s about to shut its doors after failing to create a sustainable business around its products. A small team will continue to support Little Printer until March, at which point Berg may sell it to another company or open up the source code to all.</p> <p>The Little Printer was a charming way to physically print out small notes and the like from a paired smartphone, but its practical purpose was rather limited. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see if anything more comes out of this group next year, but if not, at least they made something memorable.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.bergcloud.com/2014/09/09/week-483/">Berg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/just-because-they-could-–-nano-printers/news">Just because they could - nano printers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="795" title="Little Printer" alt="Little Printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-printer.png?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> October Xbox One update overhauls Snap access </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is a standout feature of the Xbox One experience, or at least it should be - but getting apps into and out of the side frame while playing a game can be a real headache. Luckily, next month&rsquo;s planned system update will make it possible to pull up and close Snap apps with a double-tap input, rather than needing to back out to the main console menu. Better yet, Friends and Messages will soon be Snap-compatible.</p> <p>Additional video-related features are coming too, including DLNA streaming support - initially only to members in the preview program - and a live TV trending app. You&rsquo;ll also be able to hide installed games and apps from view, and some other aspects of the overall UI have been tweaked.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/09/08/xbox-one-system-update-preview-improvements-snap-tv-experiences/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rC7gUspzS9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em> looks to be one the best licensed games in ages, however the open-world action game set in the same universe as the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> has been delayed - but only for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Indeed, those last-gen versions - which to date haven&rsquo;t been shown, and reportedly don&rsquo;t feature the full set of gameplay features as the others - have been delayed from 3 October until 21 November. All publisher Warner Bros. said is that they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;take more time in development,&rdquo; but luckily the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions are still on track to debut in a few short weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespress.com/release.asp?c=7c7eb7%2D%2D116441">Games Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447157 at http://www.stuff.tv Minecraft goes to Hollywood http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lego Movie producer is bringing Notch&#039;s building game to the silver screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft Hollywood" alt="Minecraft Hollywood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-hollywood_0.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Minecraft: The Movie is coming to a cinema near you.</p> <p>The Lego Movie is ruling the box office at the moment, so it&#39;s no surprise that Hollywood&#39;s frantically rummaging around in the toy box for other construction toys and games to adapt.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minecraft combines the freedom to build your own creations offered by Lego with a &quot;survival mode&quot; in which you have to maintain your health and battle creatures of the night like zombies and Creepers. It&#39;s a fairly safe bet that any movie will be exploring the narrative possibilities offered by the survival mode, though no writers have been attached to the project yet. </p> <p>The Lego Movie nailed the look and feel of the many <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/minifigure-masterpieces-10-best-lego-movies/feature" target="_blank">stop-motion Lego videos</a> created by fans, with authentically-weathered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/10-best-lego-minifigures-ever/feature" target="_blank">Lego minifigures</a> making up the cast.&nbsp;So it&#39;s a surprise, given Minecraft&#39;s distinctive 8-bit look, that Warner Bros is reportedly &quot;putting together a live-action version&quot; of the game.</p> <p>We&#39;ll have to wait and see what form the Minecraft movie takes when it hits the big screen &ndash; given that there&#39;s an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/minecraft-lego-set-now-available-pre-order/news" target="_blank">official Minecraft Lego set</a>, maybe it could even cross over with The Lego Movie.</p> <p>Meanwhile, we&#39;re waiting with bated breath for the annoucement of The Meccano Movie.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/minecraft-movie-warner-bros-lego-movie-producer/" target="_blank">Deadline</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6lPLh08mJzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-steve_0.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-01.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news#comments Console games Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Mojang Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:52:24 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433055 at http://www.stuff.tv