Activision and EA Also Tried to Buy Minecraft Before Microsoft
Did you think that the only major party interested in buying something as big as Minecraft was Microsoft? Well, you were wrong.
According to a new report by Forbes, some other – rather popular – publisher also tried and failed to make the acquisition.
Among the big names that showed their interest are Electronic Arts and Activision! Yes, the owners of Call of Duty series wanted something to do with the blockey sandbox game too!
Markus “Notch” Persson the veteran game developer and director of the open world sandbox wonder was talking to them where he said that while he didn’t want to go into detail about the discussions they had with EA – people were interested to find out because Persson has been quite critical of them – he did say that none of them were accepted due to various reasons.
He further added that one rule Mojang had in place was that they were not going to sell off to the people “who did game play in a way we didn’t like.”
It is a known fact that the makers of the game had once pledged that they will not sell of the game to “evil corporations,” but then again it could be the case that they don’t consider Microsoft to be that.
I am rally hoping that Microsoft continues to prove them right like they have so far. At the time of the acquisition it was promised that there will be no layoffs and there have been none – the game itself has been treated really well too!
What do you think? Is Microsoft the best choice or would EA or Activision Blizzard have done better with Minecraft?