Microsoft to Exclude Minecraft Creator from Game’s 10th Anniversary

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 20 Comments

With the 10th anniversary of the hit game Minecraft approaching, Microsoft has confirmed that the game’s creator will be excluded from the celebration.

“His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” a Microsoft statement about Marcus “Notch” Persson reads. It was first provided to Variety.

The issue?

Notch is an unremitting dick online, and he has been posting racist, transphobic, fascist, and other horrific comments online since he sold Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. He’s condoned violence against those who do not share his increasingly erratic views. And he’s endorsed the ridiculous QAnon conspiracy theory.

Anyway, Microsoft says that it will kick off the Minecraft 10th-anniversary with a special event in Stockholm, Sweden in May that will look at the “past, present and exciting future of the decade-old franchise.” Just not the Notch part.

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20 responses to “Microsoft to Exclude Minecraft Creator from Game’s 10th Anniversary”

  1. docpaul

    I read an interview from him around a year after he sold Minecraft. After the novelty of having so much money wore off he became very depressed. He no longer had any goals in life to work toward. He felt isolated because his former friends were apparently no longer comfortable around him and new people started showing up in his life that seemed like they were just interested in his money. I haven't paid any attention since but it sounds like he might have progressed in his mental illness.

  2. Thom77

    Can't wait for the SJWs to discover Thurott and start labeling him, although I doubt he will ever be important enough to gain the mob's attention. Ive listen to Windows Weekly for a long time, and if you wanted to play the labeling game ... Thurott could be easily labeled a sexist if one wanted to find something to call him sexist over. I've also noticed other "throw away lines" that could be interpretted (or misinterpretted depending upon the perspective ... or agenda) as being (insert label).

    Do I think Thurott is a sexist?

    Absolutely NOT.

    But in todays climate of throwing terms like racist, sexist, and (fill-in-the-blank)phobic around as a weapon to control others, control ideas, control speech, and impose political agendas .... it doesn't really matter anymore if its true at least to the mob.

    Thurott, not everyone thinks the way you do. That doesn't mean they are (insert label). It means they have a different opinion.

    I dont condone all of Notch's comments. I do, however, find most of the one's people are labeling and freaking out about to be nowhere near the label that is attributed to them.

    I can undestand, however, how liberal tech reporters living in their liberal, tech reporter world hanging around liberally inclined people in their liberal state in their liberal town talking about their liberal politics at the liberal coffeeshop ... would find non-liberal ideas so threatening and traumatic.

  3. zeratul456

    "He’s condoned violence against those who do not share his increasingly erratic views"

    I'm curious. When did he do this?

  4. anderb

    Embrace, extend, extinguish.

  5. provision l-3

    Given that it was just 14 years ago that Microsoft torpedoed a gay rights bill in Washington state, I'd say this is considerable progress. Good on MS.

  6. rm

    Good, that is the right thing to do.

  7. Matt Lohr

    Paul, please refrain from injecting your politics into your reporting. The other day you complained about NYT and WSJ, so please appreciate that others might have similar concerns about

  8. Jeff.Bane

    As soon as I read this headline I thought, didn't he go insane or something? Apparently yep.

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