Minecraft Creator Made $101 Million Last Year, May Buy a Car With It

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In 2012, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson took home 640 million kronor—$101 million US—in licensing fees for the game, according to a report in the Swedish financial press. What's he going to do with that kind of money? Well, he tells Reddit, he may finally get a car.


"It's weird as fuck," he said, in a comment on r/games. "I grew up in a relatively poor family, but once I got a decent job, I never really had to worry about money. My hobbies were playing games and programming, so there wasn't any real drain. I could eat out when I wanted to, and go to the movies without having to save up for it. I still had to save up for trips and to be able to buy computers or consoles, but that just felt normal.

"Now, all of the sudden, as a result of how modern society works, I managed to somehow earn a shit-ton of money. I still like playing games and programming, and once I had the latest computer and consoles, there really isn't much more to spend the money on than traveling. I might eventually get a driver's license so I can buy a car."

After setting aside money to "make sure my family is comfortable," and spending some on "living out your dreams," Notch plans to make charitable donations, listing children's causes and information freedom among the ones getting his attention. He walks the walk, too. He's already given $250,000 to the cause of reforming software patents, and last year he gave the $3 million in Mojang dividends he earned back to its employees.

Notch earned $101 million USD from Minecraft in 2012 [Reddit]



I hate the fact that this crappy, low level programmer (someone remind me what language he uses. I've honestly forgotten,) is making so much money while people who actually innovate in their games and refine their products are still barely getting by.

Am I the only who sees Minecraft as a game with crappy (not retro) graphics, an interface that is highly inaccessible (not minimalist), and gameplay that is, at best, confusing (you need a wiki to play the game for god's sake.)?

What part of that slap-dash job deserves $101 Mil?