As if it needed to be said, the sandbox-based block building release known the world over as Minecraft is one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful titles of all time. Last year, Microsoft purchased Mojang, the game’s developer, for a whopping $2.5 billion, making it one of the largest intellectual property buyouts in the history of the gaming industry. Of course, following Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, the once-indie game’s notoriety skyrocketed even higher, with its PC sales going beyond 20 million copies sold. As it happens, the virtual construction sim’s pecuniary dominance over market competitors continues to this very day, for Minecraft took the third spot on the software charts, becoming one of the top selling games of July 2015.
Shortly after the sale of Minecraft‘s parent company, Mojang’s co-founder Markus Persson had reportedly left the studio in order to pursue other projects. Naturally, before immediately moving on to another enterprise, the man more affectionately known in the gaming community as “Notch” has taken several beats to reap the benefits of his success, outbidding Beyoncé and Jay-Z on a $70 million home, and hosting lavish parties in his newly acquired mansion. However, he’s also been afforded plenty of time to reflect on how far he’s come, and not surprisingly, it’s quite lonely at the top.
Recently, Notch took to his Twitter account to air his grievances with the current situation in which he finds himself. Although Persson’s net worth currently rests at $1.33 billion as of writing, the famous game designer has confessed that such prosperity has essentially cursed him in the grand scheme of things, as he’s “never felt more isolated”. Apparently what John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote all those years ago is true, and it’s that money can’t buy love. Taking that into consideration, Notch’s Tweets grow increasingly despondent, as seen below.
The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I've never felt more isolated.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
In sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
This isn’t the first time that Persson has come forth with some regrettable emotions related to his brainchild’s sale to Microsoft. Several months back, Notch responded to a fan on Twitter regarding the issue to proclaim that he felt like a sellout. And despite the fact he’s hit another rough emotional patch, hopefully Notch can take some comfort in knowing his creation has ultimately led to some good in the world. For starters, the game was offered up for free to every secondary school in Northern Ireland as an educational tool, which will undoubtedly help inspire at least one young fan to impact the world positively, be it through game development, computer sciences, or some other field.
At any rate, it’s important for all of us to never lose sight of why we truly strive for greatness and go after our passions. Money cannot be the only end goal, for too much of it often results in materialism, melancholy, and indolence. Loving one’s work is the most crucial aspect of mastering it. As a matter of course, it requires sacrifice, and doing so will invariably lead to different forms of failure along the way, but those hardships are simply the guideposts for improvement.
Minecraft is available for practically every gaming platform imaginable, including Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, as well as iOS and Android devices.