Is Minecraft creator Notch a sellout?

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People seem to despise success. Whenever anybody becomes famous or successful – whatever the reason – they end up being the target of hate, vitriol and general chagrin. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is wildly successful, – and for good reason. Minecraft has become a phenomenon, a sensation that’s changed the way people look at games. And since being bought out by Microsoft, Persson has been regularly accused of “selling out.”

Asked by a fan (via Gamespot) if he thought he was a “sellout” for agreeing to sell to Microsoft, Persson replied on Twitter saying that: “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.”

Microsoft officially acquired Mojang last year in November for a staggering $2.5 billion. That’s not selling out – that’s making very smart, informed decisions. It’s not like Notch was working on Minecraft any more anyway; he left that in the capable hands of the rest of Mojang long ago.

Stuck betwixt a rock and a hard place, Notch says that had he continued with Minecraft, he’d be seen as a one trick pony. The other option is to be seen as a sellout.

Persson said: “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.”

He’s back to doing what he wants to. He’s making prototypes for games for the hell of it; prototypes that he doesn’t intend to show to the public – relinquishing the fear of public appraisal of things that could never hope to match the success of his block world builder.

That’s not selling out. That’s making your dreams a reality.

Last Updated: February 19, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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