Notch quits as Minecraft lead for “rest and new projects”

Friday, 2nd December 2011 14:49 GMT By Stace Harman

Minecraft indie maestro Markus “Notch” Persson has stepped down as lead developer of the game, handing the reins to Jens Bergensten with whom he’s worked for the past year.

In a relatively brief blog post published today, Persson wrote.

“As of yesterday, Jens Bergensten is the new lead developer on Minecraft. He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess. I’ve promised him to not pull rank. ;)

“We’ve been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game. And when we don’t agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result. He’s truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him.”

Notch will be taking some well-deserved time off, having recently launched Minecraft and racked up some impressive numbers as well as a rather special and unique token of recognition from Valve. Check out Nathan’s examination of Notch’s journey with the project.

But fear not, Notch will maintain an active role in the continued development of Minecraft, as well as setting his sights on some new projects after his break.

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

Happy holidays, sir.

Thanks, EG.



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Off to spend some of that money minecraft made no doubt! Will probably buy himself a desert island, made of tiny little blocks ;-)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Sorvin

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DuckOfDestiny

    Take a break?

    Isn’t that essentially what he did every other week once he started raking in the cash?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    most over rated game in the world

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    This title is seriously misleading. He hasn’t “quit” anything. He’s just not the lead developer anymore.

    And if that means that it gives him extra time to create even more inventive and unique games, then that can only be a good thing, surely?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    If I had all that money I would use it while I’m still young. I always laugh when I see a grand-pa in a Corvette driving at 10 mph.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. UKTomm

    I agree with Michael. And plus, Jeb is perfectly capable of taking lead on Minecraft.

    #7 3 years ago

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