He is best known for creating the sandbox video game Minecraft and for founding the video game company Mojang in Persson's principal venture for founding Mojang was Minecraft which gained popularity and support since its tech demo in Persson was born in Stockholm ,  Sweden , to a Finnish mother and a Swedish father on 1 June Persson is a member of the Swedish chapter of Mensa. On 15 August , he announced that he was single again. Persson has criticized both piracy  and the stance of large game companies on piracy;  additionally, he is a member of the Pirate Party of Sweden. Persson's most popular creation is the survival sandbox game Minecraft , which was released on 18 November In early , Mojang AB sold the one millionth copy of the game, several months later their second, and several more their third. Mojang hired several new staff members for the Minecraft team, while Persson passed the lead developer role to Jens Bergensten.
When Markus Persson visited Las Vegas in , for the first international convention held in honor of Minecraft, the video game he designed and built, a young mother strode up and asked him not to kiss her baby but to sign it. Persson, thirty-three, has fixed, handsome eyes and a deep-dimpled smile that offsets his baldpate and thickening torso. It was a frightening moment for me, and not just that natural shock of making an infant cry. Last year, Persson earned over a hundred million dollars from the game and its merchandise. Persson—better known to his global army of teen-age followers by his Internet handle, Notch—has a raggedy, un-marketed charm. He is, by his own admission, only a workmanlike coder, not a ruthless businessman.
After hitting the video-game jackpot, an independent game developer reflects on his success. Markus Persson—better known as Notch to his millions of followers—is an unlikely technology megastar. A quiet, unassuming Swede, he looks like the typical video-game programmer, with thinning hair and a thickening torso; his defining features are twin dimples when he smiles and a jet-black fedora, an accessory he is rarely seen without. But Minecraft, an independent video game he created and released on the Internet in May , has sold 30 million copies, making him rich and famous. Persson is now a hero to a generation of young game players, who hang on his every tweet. But the programmer appears largely unchanged by the money. Though Persson might be little changed by success, Minecraft has transformed video games. One mouse button is used to harvest the blocks, the other to place them.
Imagine countless wiki editors all using each others work as basis for their own, reasoning what must be true from what they already assume is. Wouldn't that make for a weird reality? Markus Alexej Persson , more commonly known under the alias Notch , is the creator of Minecraft and one of the founders of Mojang Studios. Persson started programming at the age of seven, using his dad's Commodore He produced his first game a text-adventure at the age of eight, with the help of type-in programs. In he started working as a game developer for King. 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 , many of the Mojang employees including CEO Carl Manneh are also ex-Jalbum employees.