Minecraft Creator Divides Personal Dividends of $3M Among Staff
Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of mega hit Minecraft, has decided to distribute his personal dividends of $3 million to the rest of his Mojang team. Persson revealed the act through Twitter saying, “Every single Mojangsta is a massive part of the reason Mojang is the best place on earth to work at right now.” Persson distributed the $3 million earned from the last fiscal year as part of the team’s celebrations of Minecraft passing five million units for their browser version.
Minecraft is the sandbox indie title inspired by Infiniminer and was developed almost exclusively by Persson until Jens “Jeb” Bergensten started working with him. Originally released in what is now known as Minecraft Classic in May ’09, the game finally was “completed” in November of last year. Since then Minecraft has expanded to mobile devices as well as a version for the Xbox 360 coming sometime this year. The appeal of Minecraft is the freedom it allows players letting them interact with and modify a dynamically-generated map, mine for ore, fight hostile mobs, craft new blocks and tools, and gather various resources found throughout the world. This open-ended model allowed players to create some incredible structures and artwork that have often become the sole purpose for many players.
Over 23 million people have registered for Minecraft with hundreds more added per day. Check out the Minecraft website here for further details on the game as well as a link to purchase and download the title.