MiddleEasy's Dave Walsh takes a look at Notch's decision to step away from the spotlight and to never build a big game again as simply a sad state of affairs for the gaming world, regardless of opinion on the 'big topics.' Maybe it's gone too far.
I don't blame him. I don't think he realizes that whatever Microsoft does to Mojang and MineCraft specifically, he is gonna get a ton of sh*t for. He doesn't want the attention, but he won't ever not get the attention.
It's absolutely hilarious that he didn't even finish making Minecraft, and he's just taken $2.5 billion and run without a single complete project to his name. I mean it's bad because gamers are so easily duped, but it's also hilarious because it shows just how stupid this entire industry is. He definitely did the smart thing, I'd take the money and run too.
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People identified Notch as Mojang when he really was doing his own thing as Minecraft went full version. People assumed he was at the helm making big decisions when really he wasn't. He was a part of the company but he wasn't THE company. You can tell he's a game developer at heart and isn't content with one game. He's made his money and wants to do what he enjoys doing.
How much he got paid?
2.5 billion. I'd sell minecraft for that too.
Didn't he co-found Mojang? If so I don't see him getting 2.5 billion, that would be shared. That aside you can bet on MS doing a cash/stock deal where stock is the majority of the deal. I look forward to when more details like this emerge.
i was playing minecraft as a kid many many years ago. the only difference was it was called legos back then and you really built something tangible.
Correct, im with you on that
Still better to play minecraft, than all the kids playing GTA5.
He steps down because he dont have any ability to create anything new. That minecraft crap were just pure luck, that a ten year old kid could make.
Go make your 2.5 billion then.
He has a point though, no one in the world could have predicted the success mine craft would have,least of all Notch. It's what's called a fluke of luck. It's not outside the realm of possibility that a 10 yr old could make a game like mine craft, it's basic to say the least. I'm not trying to take anything away from it, but it's far from being at the forefront of technical cutting edge stuff... I applaude Notch either way, he did something awesome and now he should be allowed without asshole gamers giving him grief to do what he pleases. @blib below, your attitude sums up what is wrong with gamers, why should he give anything back, give me one good reason! He already EMPLOYED people, giving them jobs, is that not good enough. Where do you get this sense of entitlement, honestly? You want something go work for it. if I were one of his employees I'd just be thankful for the job. Your attitude is bewildering.
Why didn't he just sell Minecraft to his employees? The man is no hero to gamers. Just one of the many devs, who take other peoples ideas and rehash them and hope to get lucky. He did. He got rich. He made a lot of promises, most of which he didn't keep. Great self promoter though. Right up there with Molyneux. He's got a couple Billion of MS money, based on Minecrafts following. Let's see what he gives back?
Why didn't he make Mojang a public company? Making every purchased copy of Minecraft worth a share? Then double that, and split it between his employees and himself. Then sell his shares? So many interesting ways he could have given back to the people that made him, and instead, like Occulus. Just took the payday, and ran. FU Notch.
In the music industry it's something of an honor to be a one hit wonder.. to do so in game development and walk away with the better part of a multi-hundred-millionaire (I'll admit to not knowing how much he made from selling Mojang) sounds pretty sweet to me. One and done.. color me jealous.
"He flat out said if anything he does gets big again that he’ll immediately abandon it because he doesn’t want what happened with Minecraft to happen ever again." I love that attitude of the high and mighty, super cool, down with big corporate America, hip guy. You see it in musicians all the time who claim they never want to get big or always want to stay local. It's all a crock of sh*t. Truth is this guy is filthy rich and he doesn't have to work on another game ever again. But to say that you never want another hit again is just plain egotistical and a slap in the face for other devs who wish they had half the luck this guy got.
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