Microsoft has signed an exclusive agreement to license Minecraft for Pocket and PC to a NetEase, Inc. an affiliate gaming publisher in mainland China. A local edition will be made available in due time.
“We’ll always embrace opportunities to bring Minecraft to new players around the world, widening our community, and giving us a new perspective on our game,” said Jonas Martensson, CEO of Mojang, creators of Minecraft. “NetEase understand our long-term vision for Minecraft and support Mojang’s ideals, so we’re delighted to have them on board. We look forward to welcoming China’s builders and adventurers to the world of Minecraft.”
“We are excited to bring Minecraft to Chinese audiences, and expect our large online community to embrace this preeminent game,” said William Ding, CEO and founder of NetEase, Inc. “With our deep understanding of the Chinese market and our ability to successfully launch world-renowned online and mobile games, we offer a strong platform for the introduction of Minecraft to China’s vast user base. We believe this cooperation could leverage the strengths of both Mojang and NetEase, as well as provide the world’s largest audience with a superior user experience.”
Minecraft was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion and has since developed various spin-offs of the RPG game. The game is available in on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Android Tablets, iOS devices and Kindle Fire.