Criticism of Notch, creator of Minecraft but disassociated from it, for saying that “the game is dead”

Criticism of Notch, creator of Minecraft but disassociated from it, for saying that "the game is dead"

Markus Persson, better known as Notch, the creator of Minecraft, has once again starred in a controversy on social networks. And this time related to its successful creation, to which that is no longer linked in any public way. Yesterday, Mojang and Sega announced a Sonic the Hedgehog DLC, and Notch wryly said that “I’m not even going to apologize for this“.

Shortly after, he said a few words that particularly outraged the Minecraft community: “I’m not going to be the one to speak ill of the dead, but yes, Minecraft is a bit dead“.

Shortly after, he wanted to qualify his words: “If he’s still alive for you, great! For me Rocket Arena 3 is still alive“, although it failed to stop the wave of criticism.

One of the most prominent figures who responded directly to Notch was Cliff bleszinski, creator of Gears of War (who is definitely out of the video game industry).

“It’s pretty creepy that you say shit about the company that bought your freedom. It’s like I’m saying ‘GEARZ IS GARBAGE NOW’. No, I want my baby to do well. Seriously, Uncle WTF.”

Other users responded to Notch with a series of data: 156 million people have played Minecraft in the last 30 days, much more than the numbers he got when Notch was still involved in the game.

Many other users also took the opportunity to remember his transphobic comments, defining feminism as a “social disease” or advocating a “heterosexual pride” day (and saying that those against it deserve a shot).

Notch left the creative direction of Minecraft in 2011 and in 2014 he sold his game to Microsoft for $ 2.5 billion. Microsoft and Mojang have publicly disassociated themselves from Persson following his controversial comments, leaving him out of the 10th anniversary event.

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