Microsoft Acquires MinecraftEDU

minecraftMinecraftEDU, from TeacherGaming LLC, a Tampere, Finland- and New York, NY-based developer of a version of Minecraft built especially for the classroom, has been acquired by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT).

The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

Founded in 2011, MinecraftEDU leverages the features of Minecraft, an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving to give educators and educators the tools to teach and learn through building and exploring within a fun environment.
To date, it has been used in thousands of classrooms in more than 40 countries around the world. Microsoft is also investing in a new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom called Minecraft: Education Edition. This new title – available as a free trial this summer – will build on the learnings from MinecraftEdu while offering an expanded set of features.
MinecraftEdu’s existing customers will receive the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition for free.



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