Minecraft creator Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson won’t be playing any part in the popular game’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. Microsoft acquired Minecraft and the studio responsible for it, Mojang, in a $2.5 billion deal back in 2014. Notch hasn’t been involved with the game’s development since that time and the last update to Minecraft removed references to him as well. Notch has routinely courted controversy, from endorsing the much derided QAnon conspiracy theory to debating the definition of gender, using the word “feminist” as an insult, claiming that “mansplaining is a sexist term designed to silence men via gender shaming”, and making a host of anti-semitic statements too.
“His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of ‘Minecraft,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Variety.
Mojang, the Microsoft-owned studio behind the game has removed text such as “Made by Notch!” and “The Work of Notch!” alongside adding some new quotes to the splash screen such as “Don’t worry, be happy!” and “Go to the dentist”. These changes were a part of the latest Minecraft Java snapshot release 19w13a which added the Hero of the Village status effect and an accessibility button to the title screen. While this Minecraft update’s patch notes claim to fix 22 bugs, there’s no mention made or reason given for the removal of references to Notch.
This was further confirmed thanks to the Minecraft wiki which now lists the removal of “Made by Notch!” and “The Work of Notch!” in the March 27 snapshot. Though he is still listed as the game’s creator in its credits.
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