Minecraft lead 'Notch' steps down

Markus Persson to work on 'new project'

Markus "Notch" Persson, the head of Minecraft developer Mojang, has stepped down from his position as lead developer on the game that made him a millionaire.


Persson, who's become a popular figure in the games industry, has passed the reins to colleague Jens Bergensten, whom he's worked with on Minecraft for the last year.

Writing on his blog Persson explained that the move means Bergensten "will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess."

He added: "We've been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I'm amazed at how much in sync we two are when it comes to design the game. He's truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him."

Persson's leadership has seen Minecraft sell more than four million copies before it was even out of beta, earning the studio £50 million.

"Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager," Persson wrote. "I'll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project."

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[ SOURCE: Edge ]