Many fans think of Notch as the loveable Swedish creator of the wonderful and immensely popular sandbox game Minecraft, but unfortunately this is not the reality of the situation. A simple search of Notch’s Twitter reveals an entire library of offensive comments, derogatory language and evidence of his truly toxic nature.
He has dismissed the transgender community as mentally ill, denied the existence of white privilege and engaged in multiple far-right rants. All this has seen Mojang and Microsoft deny him entry to the Minecraft 10th anniversary event, located in his home country of Sweden.
It seems as though, much like Mojang, fans of the game are moving on without it’s creator.
Microsoft’s previous attempts to disassociate themselves from Notch can be seen from when his name was removed from the game’s splash screen, which was the initial news that many outlets broke. When asked, Microsoft confirmed that the reason is due to the tweets, saying that the views expressed “do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.”
When browsing social media activity regarding Notch, there appears to be very little opposition to Microsoft’s actions. It seems as though, much like Mojang, fans of the game are moving on without it’s creator.
To end on a high note, Minecraft is thriving more than ever with its most recent update Village and Pillage. For the most part, it seems as though his social media presence has not harmed the game’s success. It sports an active player base that is mostly free of Notch’s toxic attitude, volatile personality.