Minecraft Creator on Selling IP: “Some Things Always Come at a Cost”

Markus Persson talks about being perceived as a sell out and the joys of programming.

Posted By | On 19th, Feb. 2015 Under News


Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson took the world by storm last year when it was revealed that he was selling the IP to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. During this time, Persson left the company to continue experimenting and trying new ventures. This prompted many among the community to accuse him of “selling out”.

Despite speaking about the same in the past, Persson addressed being a “sell out” once again on Twitter. “I kinda feel like I am, but I still feel like I made the right choice. I guess some things always come at a cost.”

There was also the pressure of trying to live up to the success of Minecraft, which failing would have made him to be perceived as a one shot wonder. “The one trick pony thing was hard to deal with. Matching the insane success of Minecraft would be impossible. I’m ok with it now.”

Persson is happy to return to programming even with all the frustration and annoyance. There’s also the bonus that “when most prototypes are horribly unplayable, nobody judges me.”

What are your thoughts on the whole deal? Let us know in the comments.

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  • anoxxi

    he deserved a change and an opportunity to discover the real world in search of new inspirations

    • zanmaru

      Wut. Dude was given 2.5 billion. Last I heard he was sitting in a mansion in LA. Money doesn’t cause people to seek out new inspirations, neccessity does.

    • Will

      Really? Tell that to Elon Musk. The fact is when you have unlimited funds and don’t have to worry about the commercial success of a project it can be very freeing. Notch can try whatever gaming project he wants with no regard for financial viability. That’s the most inspired working conditions I can think of. He didn’t set out to make billions when he created Minecraft. If it was financial gains he was looking for, Minecraft (on paper) was a terrible idea at the time it was created. No one could have predicted how much it would resonate with the masses. Don’t confuse that with some sort of necessity on Notch’s part to make money. He got luck on that front.

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  • Mike J

    How many of these sellout accusers would turn down a $2.5 billion offer in that same situation? (answer: zero) Minecraft was Notch’s creation and if he wants to sell it in search of other pursuits, I congratulate him and wish him well.

  • jfekendall

    I think the IP was over-valued at $2.5 billion. The money making machine was almost tapped-out for Mojang. The only thing that really makes sense for a Microsoft takeover is if they are flirting with Java in the cloud as Mojang successfully did with Realms. The infrastructure and the talent are the only things that make sense. Minecraft? Not so much.


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