Markus Persson

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Markus Persson
Real name

Markus Alexej Persson

Date of birth

June 1, 1979 (age 41)[1]


Game developer



Known for

Creating Minecraft, founder of Mojang Studios

Also known as


Reddit name


Twitter name


Minecraft name



Imagine countless wiki editors all using each others work as basis for their own, reasoning what must be true from what they already assume is. Wouldn't that make for a weird reality?

Notch on January 6, 2020[2]

Markus Alexej Persson, more commonly known under the alias Notch, is the creator of Minecraft and one of the founders of Mojang Studios.


Persson started programming at the age of seven, using his dad's Commodore 128. He produced his first game (a text-adventure) at the age of eight, with the help of type-in programs. In 2005 he started working as a game developer for, which he left in 2009 to work as a programmer at Jalbum. After Minecraft sales grew he moved from full-time to part-time at Jalbum and then eventually left to focus full-time on Minecraft in June 2010, many of the Mojang employees (including CEO Carl Manneh) are also ex-Jalbum employees. Outside of work he frequently takes part in competitions, including Ludum Dare, LD12 and the Java 4K Game Programming Contest.

Persson engaged Ez during a vacation in Indonesia,[3][4] and married her in August 2011. The two separated in late 2012.[5] Her brother, Kristoffer, is the artist whose paintings appear in the game.

Persson had his own part of the Mojang website that could be found at This subdirectory has since been removed.

Persson sold Mojang and all of its assets to Microsoft on September 15, 2014. In a lengthy blog post, Notch states "I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world." He then goes on to say that "I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on."

Persson left Mojang on November 5, 2014 along with the other founders. He writes "As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I'll probably abandon it immediately."

Persson hasn’t been involved with Minecraft since selling Mojang to Microsoft, according to a Microsoft spokesperson's statement in April 2019. The spokesperson also said that “[Persson's] comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of 'Minecraft'.”[6]

Games and other work

Notch has released much of his work, including, but not limited to:


2.5d Engines:

Notch also has a soundcloud page which includes 53 tracks in total. He would sometimes use his music on his old YouTube channel Nizzotch.


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  • On June 1, 2011, Notch posted on Twitter that he was 25 years old.[7] 25 is 32, which was his age at the time.
  • Notch programmed the Minecraft splash screen to display "Happy Birthday, Notch!" all day on June 1. This was removed in Java Edition 1.8.5.

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