Believe it or not, it has been nearly ten years since Minecraft, one of the biggest games of all time, first launched. To celebrate, the game’s developer Mojang and publisher Microsoft will be throwing an event next month to look back at the first ten years of Minecraft while also looking ahead to the future. While it’s a big occasion for the game, the event won’t see the appearance of Minecraft’s original creator.
Markus “Notch” Persson, the founder of Mojang, will not be attending the 10-year anniversary event for Minecraft next month, not because of his own doing, but because he flat out hasn’t been invited. In a statement given to Variety, a representative from Microsoft explained that Notch hasn’t been invited because of his past statements.
“His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” said the quote from Microsoft.
Since selling Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014, Notch has become more synonymous with his controversial words on Twitter than he has been with the actual game he helped create. As Notch has continued to tweet out more material over the years that some find offensive, those at Mojang and Microsoft have started to distance themselves even further from the former developer. Just last month, a new patch for Minecraft was added to the game that removed Notch’s name from appearing in the game’s opening menu.
As of this writing, Notch himself hasn’t responded to this story, on Twitter or elsewhere. We’ll update this piece if he ends up sharing a statement of his own.
As for that 10-year anniversary event, it’s set to take place next month on May 17 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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