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[Community Showcase] Minecraft creator leaves position as lead developer

12/2/11 10:00pm

Marcus "Notch" Persson, the lead game designer for the popular virtual sandbox game Minecraft, has recently announced on his blog that he will be stepping down from his current position for the video game. Jens Bergensten, who was previously another main developer of the company Mojang, will instead handle future updates to the now officially released game. Notch has mentioned on his recent blog post that Bergensten will now have the final say in overall design decisions, and he specifically had this to say on his blog page:

"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."

Minecraft is an incredibly popular independent game, which was mostly worked on by the company Mojang, which was initially known as Mojang Specifications. The company, which was founded by Notch on May 2009, is a Swedish video game developer, which currently consists of about thirteen employees. Their biggest game of course is Minecraft, which has so far officially been released as a computer download on their website and more recently for both iOS and Android handheld platforms. As of last month, the game has sold over 4 million total copies (also counting the sales made from releases in the game's alpha and beta states).

Dragons not currently in Minecraft, sorry

Their next project is a game called Scrolls. This upcoming title, which is in development, will feature card and board game elements. An official release date is not currently known. The game had previously been noticed by the press in its involvement with a course case with Bethesda over the name, a case that Team Mojang has officially won. You can read more about the case results here.

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