Microsoft has confirmed that it will not be involving Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson in the game’s official tenth-anniversary celebrations, due to his controversial “comments and opinions”.
Marcus “Notch” Persson sold Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 Billion USD in 2014. Notch first released the game to the public on 17th May 2009. With the game completing a decade this year Microsoft and Mojang ( developer of Minecraft) have decided to celebrate this with a special press event at Minecraft developer Mojang’s Stockholm studio on 17th May, focussing on the “past, present and exciting future”.
In March update, Microsoft removed all references to Notch from the previously featured splash text on Minecraft’s main menu. Notch is known for making controversial remarks about race, gender and sexuality on social media ( mainly twitter, where he has 3.7 million followers).
“His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of ‘Minecraft,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Variety, which confirms that Notch won’t be involved with the birthday celebrations next month.