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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, there 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.