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.
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.”
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