Microsoft Says Minecraft Will Celebrate its 10th Birthday Without Notch

By Rebecca Smith,
Last month, Mojang released a Minecraft update that removed references to the game's creator, Markus 'Notch' Persson, from the game's menus. At the time, no official recognition or explanation of this change was revealed, but Microsoft has now confirmed that Notch won't be part of the game's upcoming tenth anniversary because of his comments and opinions.

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A Microsoft spokesperson told Variety that none of the plans for the game's upcoming milestone will involve the game's creator because "his comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft". Notch hasn't actually been involved with the game in any way since 2014, which is when he sold Mojang and the game's rights. Since then, he has caused divisions within the gaming community with his opinions on gender, sexuality, and race.

Mojang will be holding an anniversary press event on May 17th at the studio's base in Stockholm. The event is intended to celebrate the "past, present and exciting future of the decade-old franchise". Despite the game's age, the studio continues to release new content and gameplay improvements for players to enjoy, with the latest of those being the Village & Pillage update.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.