Markus 'Notch' Persson's discusses the $100 million he earned in 2012

By on February 5, 2013, 8:30 AM

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson earned just over $100 million in licensing fees from the game in 2012 according to a report in the Swedish financial press. The outspoken creator is still all a bit taken back by the fame and fortune, as he recently discussed in a thread on Reddit.

As the video game programmer and designer describes it, he grew up in a relatively poor family. Once he got a decent job, he never really had to worry about money. His hobbies were playing video games and programming – neither of which are real cash-suckers. He said he still had to save up for trips and to be able to buy consoles or computers but all of that just felt normal.

Thanks to the way modern society works, he wrote, he now has more money than he knows what to do with. Notch said he still likes to play video games and program and after buying the latest computers and consoles, where isn’t much more to spend the money on besides traveling. He said he might even consider getting a driver’s license and buying a car.

As for what to do with is fortune, he said the right thing to do would be to set aside a good bit to make sure his family is comfortable. He would also like to live out some dreams and then simply use the rest to try to make society a better place overall. For him, that includes giving to charities that help children and supporting groups that promote freedom like the EFF.

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captainawesome captainawesome said:

WoW! A hundred mill. cray cray

Puiu Puiu said:

WoW! A hundred mill. cray cray

in just 2012...

Eddo22 said:

Bravo to someone who uses his money to help others instead of using it for his own greed.

tehbanz tehbanz said:

The world needs more millionaires like this. He doesn't know what to do with the money, so he's not gonna buy a ******* mansion, and a jet, and a boat and drop it all on coke and hookers. He's doing the write thing and donating to the EFF, and looking out for his family.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

A little more respect for Notch now... even though I don't understand why people like Minecraft. It also explains why he's usually the top bidder on the humblebundle deals.

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

To me people that are into minecraft are just as "mysterious" as those spending their lives on the Facebook there is something about them, isn't there?

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Maybe he can buy the Crysis IP and turn this once great game around.


To me people that are into minecraft are just as "mystirious" as those spending their lives on the facebook there is something about them, isn't there?

Maybe there's something about people that use computers instead of tablets too

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Minecraft 2!!!!!! Do it! Do it!! Do it!!!!

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