Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson won't be taking part in 10th-anniversary celebrations for the game. Microsoft says this is due to the Swedish programmer and designer's "comments and opinions".
Speaking to Variety, Microsoft said Notch's comments and opinions "do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft". The company is likely making reference to Notch's Twitter feed, on which the Minecraft creator has made some controversial comments involving race, trans people, and sexuality, among other things. The game recently removed all mention of Notch from its main menu, also likely in response to Notch's erratic tweets. Although Microsoft didn't comment on their reason for that change, it's hard to believe this latest decision isn't related.
Microsoft and Mojang are planning to celebrate Minecraft's 10th anniversary with a press event. The event will look at the "past, present and exciting future" of the game. We're not sure exactly what else the two companies have planned for the event yet. Expect a retrospective of the game and a preview of some new features. The event will be held at developer Mojang's headquarters in Stockholm. There's no word yet on whether the studio plans to live stream the event. We'll bring you more on that as we get it.
Minecraft was released to the public on May 17th, 2009 as a developmental release for PC. The game eventually saw a full release for PC on November 18th, 2011. Since then Minecraft has also been released for various platforms including all major gaming consoles and mobile platforms. Original creator Markus "Notch" Persson sold his studio Mojang, along with the rights to Minecraft, to Microsoft in 2014.
Minecraft currently enjoys over 91 million players each month and is the second best-selling video game in history if paid mobile downloads are included. It's currently available to buy on all major gaming platforms.
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