Markus Persson

Markus Alexej Persson ( born June 1, 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden), also known as Notch ( English for " notch " ), is a Swedish game developer who is best known for the game Minecraft, which he initially developed completely in-house work. He's since the beginning of 2011 he founded the owner of Mojang AB. On 1 December 2011, he joined his post from the lead developer of Minecraft to Jensberg Sweetest to pursue other projects.


Born in Stockholm, Markus Persson spent his childhood in Edsbyn. Markus Persson began programming at the age of seven years at the Commodore 128 of his father. At the age of eight, he had already written his first text-based action-adventure. Today he programmed especially with the Java programming language, which he used to occasionally C used. His career as a game developer led him among other things to, where he worked until 2009, and among other things, the game Luxor programmed. At this time he also worked part-time at the online photo platform Jalbum. Persson is also co-founder of the game Wurm Online, to which, however, he no longer cooperates. Besides his work as a game developer Persson is also a musician in the field of electronic music, there under the name " Markus Alexej ".

Persson lives in Stockholm on Södermalm. From August 13 2011 to August 15, 2012 Persson was with Elin Zetterstrand, the sister of the painter Kristoffer Zetterstrand married. Persson is a member of Mensa Gifted Association and member of the Swedish Pirate Party. His trademark is a fedora.

More Games

Markus Persson has not only developed Minecraft, but also many other games, including in the framework of the Ludum Dare competitions, where he regularly participates since 2008. Among his better-known play besides Minecraft include Breaking the Tower, a minimalist real-time strategy game ( RTS), as well as Minicraft, a two-dimensional system modeled on Minecraft action game.

On 1 December 2011 he gave up his position as lead developer of Minecraft to Jensberg Sweetest, to devote himself to the development of other games.

After several hints to be interested in the development of a settled in space open-world game, Persson announced on April 1, 2012 to want to call this game "Mars Effect " - a gemünzter a trademark legal battle between Mojang and BioWare April Fool based on the Mass Effect series. On April 3, he revealed the actual name of the game, which will be called 0x10c.