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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 16 September 2014

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Microsoft Acquires Minecraft

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • acquire: to take ownership of; to buy
  • console: an electronic system used for playing video games
  • demographic: a sector of the population
  • enthusiast: a person who really likes something
  • architect: a person who designs buildings
  • restriction: limit or rule

Microsoft Buys Minecraft

Microsoft has acquired Mojang, the maker of Minecraft, one of the world’s best-selling . The Swedish firm, which currently 40 people, was purchased for 2.5 billion dollars. Mojang’s Lego-like video game allows users to build their own virtual worlds. It has approximately 100 million users and is a top-selling app many devices and consoles. Analysts believe that Microsoft will try to use this deal to promote its Windows phones to a young demographic. The makers behind Minecraft will join the team other Microsoft video games, such as Halo. Many Minecraft enthusiasts are opposed to the acquisition. These virtual architects fear that their creative community will be new restrictions when Microsoft takes over.

Comprehension Questions

    1. What business deal occurred this month?
    2. Why does this report mention Windows phones?
    3. Why are many gamers opposed to this deal?

Discussion Questions: Do you think users will eventually get bored with Minecraft, or does this game have staying power to make it worth 2.5 billion?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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