Markus Alexej "Notch" Persson (born: June 1, 1979, known on YouTube as Nizzotch, is a Swedish independent video game developer who is best known as the creator of best-selling video game Minecraft, and one of the founders of the Swedish video game company, Mojang Studios.)
Notch married fellow programmer Elin Zetterstrand on August 2011. Though on mid-2012, he and Elin had filed for divorce, and he has since been single. Persson has also criticized video game piracy. Additionally, he is a member of the Pirate Party of Sweden. On December 2014, after a month he left Mojang, he then bought a Beverly Hills mansion worth $70 million in cash at the time, and it's still heavily unknown if he still resides in the apartment, though in a 2018 Reddit post, he confirmed he went back to his old apartment in Stockholm, Sweden somewhere between late 2017.
Markus Persson was born on June 1, 1979 on Stockholm, Sweden to a Finnish mother and a Swedish father. He was also raised in the town of Edsbyn during his first years, before moving back to Stockholm. He then started programming at the age of seven, using his father's Commodore 128. He produced his first game (a text-adventure) at the age of eight, with the help of type-in programs.
In 2005 he started working as a game developer for King.com, which he left in 2009 to work as a programmer at Jalbum. He is also one of the founders of Wurm Online. After Minecraft sales grew he moved from full-time to part-time at Jalbum and then eventually left to focus full-time on Minecraft in June 2010; many of the original Mojang employees (including former CEO Carl Manneh) were also ex-Jalbum employees. After the full release of Minecraft, Persson transferred creative authority of the game's development to Jens Bergensten.
Persson sold Mojang and all of its assets to Microsoft on September 15, 2014. In a lengthy blog post, Notch states "I love games and I love to program, but I don't make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don't try to change the world." He then goes on to say that "I've become a symbol. I don't want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don't understand, that I don't want to work on."
Persson left Mojang on November 5, 2014, along with the other founders. He wrote that "as soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately."
Though even before or after he left Mojang, he had been making other video games besides Minecraft, most notably, his Ludum Dare entry games, or other similar prototypes. During his later years, and more currently, he had been posting a lot of tweets on Twitter, mostly jokes, games, and electronic music. He had been regarded as a "troll" to some people, due to his rants on certain topics, though he likely had been doing this since he created his Twitter account. He also has a Tumblr account, which he also used to post random blog posts and stuffs about Minecraft, as well as his real life events; he last posted was on August 2013. Most of his social medias were also untouched, like Instagram, Facebook, GitHub, Reddit, etc. and he was since focused on posting recent topics on his main Twitter account.
Notch created his YouTube channel on August 11, 2008. He uploaded his first video on that same day called "Creating Breaking the Tower". it is a time-lapse of him creating Breaking the Tower. The most notable video on the channel is "Cave game tech test" where he shows off the first test run of Minecraft. He described the game as an Infiminer clone He began to post daily development videos about Minecraft, up until the official game's release in 2011. After he had left Mojang, he had privated all of his videos on his original channel. As of 2021, he had earned an amount of 97k subscribers in his channel.
Though his channel had been inactive, Notch is still uploading content throughout his current main account, which has 28k followers, mostly posting blog posts, and posting Satisfactory and Factorio gameplays. Also, in his original channel, he had been posting daily vlogs for his audience, like uploading his music, or showcasing his awards. All of these videos was then moved to his current account. His YouTube account was primarily linked in his Twitter and Instagram.
In other media
Notch had been referenced in many YouTube videos, mostly regarding Minecraft. He appears in the 20 minute documentary, "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang", by 2Player Productions. He also appeared in Egoraptor's Starbomb music video, "Minecraft is Awesome", in which he portrays himself.
Dream's Manhunt series
On January 22, 2020, He made a recent public appearance once again when he collaborated with Dream and GeorgeNotFound in the sixth Manhunt video called "Minecraft Speedrunner VS Assassin ft. Notch", and in the video, he was challenged to beat Minecraft with George protecting him from Dream, the "assassin", who is plotted to stop Notch by killing them to make them lose the challenge.
After several minutes of George protecting Notch from getting killed by Dream, he then jumped on Notch when GeorgeNotFound was away and killed Notch with his Iron Sword in the Nether, making Dream the winner of this challenge. This was also the first time where Dream got Notch to play the game. This video was privated by Dream on June 3, 2021.
On November 2011, during MineCon 2011, Persson made tweets issuing Yogscast, whom he said that they have repeatedly insulted people, talked behind their backs, refused to cooperate, and acted like total spoiled divas nonstop. On a follow-up tweet, he said "They called us 'a bunch of nerds who don't know how to run a company', demanded that we pay them to come here (nobody else got paid)."
The Yogscast team have now denied the allegations in a response on Reddit , saying "the quotes and actions that Notch attributed to us were not said by us or published anywhere by us." They said. "We are very disappointed by these tweets from someone we admire and respect. We can understand that it was the morning after the deadmau5 party and Notch was very tired, but we are still fairly upset." Notch then apologized to Yogscast for his tweets against them, and had since been in good-terms with each other, though the Yogscast never attended another Minecon after the incident.
On June 16, 2014, Notch had been attacked by many people on Twitter after he had made clarifications regarding the Minecraft EULA, in which, it has stated that: "Charging real cash for in-game currencies or items that can change the way the game is played are forbidden." This has ignited reactions from fans who are mad towards the changes to the game's EULA that affect server monetisation and charging for gameplay features. This then led Notch to sell the rights for the game and his company to Microsoft for 2.5 billion dollars, due to the unfair criticism from fans, and had a desire to move on from the game. After this, he, along with the other founders, had left Mojang.
Later in June 2017, he tweeted in support of a heterosexual pride day, calling opponents to the idea "cunts" and suggesting that they "deserve to be shot". After facing community backlash, he deleted the tweets and walked back his statements, writing in one tweet, "So yeah, it's about pride of daring to express, not about pride of being who you are. I get it now." In November 2017, Persson was criticized for posting a tweet that read, "It's ok to be white." In follow-up tweets, he said he believed privilege is a "made up metric". On March 2019, he was criticized for endorsing the QAnon conspiracy theory and supposedly calling transgender women mentally ill. Microsoft then disassociated with him, with a spokesperson for Microsoft stating that "[Persson's] comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of 'Minecraft'."
In June 23, 2021, he made a tweet regarding the death of Minecraft, saying "I'm not the one to speak ill of the dead, but yeah, Minecraft is a little bit dead." This tweet stirred angry reactions upon fans of the game, disregarding what he had said, and spamming the infamous "Ratio" in the replies. This was because of the official Sonic the Hedgehog DLC reveal, in which he stated "I'm not even going to apologize for this one."
- He creates electronic music in his Soundcloud page, labeled as Markus Alexei.
- He had also stated he is a fan of Autechre and Aphex Twin's music.
- He had been programming since the age of 7, and created his first game at the age of 8, which is a text-based adventure game from his father's Commodore 64.
- He is an atheist.
- He is a Mensan.
- He also occasionally do philanthropy works, like donating to the Doctors Without Border organization, and etc.
- He also led a game jam that consists of video games that were made from scratch, under his direction. He had raised $458,248 that was donated to charity.
- His favorite video games, were Doom, The Legend of Grimrock, and Quake
- He also loves playing Satisfactory and Factorio.
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- I'm leaving Mojang - Notch.net; September 15, 2014
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