Markus Persson is a popular Swedish video game designer and programmer, best known for creating the hit game Minecraft.

Quick Biography

Notch, was born on June 1, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden, into a Swedish-Finnish family. His father, Birger, was a railway employee while his mother, Ritva, was a nurse.

Quick Summary

Full Name/Real Name: Markus Alexej Persson
Age: 42 years old
Birth Date: June 1, 1979
Birth Place: Stockholm
Nationality: Swedish
Religion: Christian
Parents: Birger, Ritva,
Spouse: Elin Zetterstrand (2011–2012)
Children: Minna Almina Zelda Zetterstrand
Height: 1.75 M
Weight: 90 kg
Profession: Video Game Programmer & Designer
Net Worth in 2021: $1.8 billion

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

He has an age of 42 years old, and a height of 1.75 M.

Education, School/College University

Between 1990-1998, he attended at Tymba Gymnasium then Sabyskolan and then graduated from Rotebergs Skola.

Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views

Notch, was born on June 1, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden, into a Swedish-Finnish family. His father, Birger, was a railway employee while his mother, Ritva, was a nurse. He is of mixed ethnicity and American nationality.

Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children

He got married to Elin Zetterstrand, on August 13, 2011. They, however, separated, which caused him to declare his status as a single on the social networking site, Twitter, on August 15, 2012.

Relationship Statistics

Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced): Divorced
When did he get married? (married date): August 13, 2011
Does he have any relationship affair? N/A
Is Notch Gay? No
Wife/Spouse? (name): Elin Zetterstrand
Kids: Minna Almina Zelda Zetterstrand

Professional Life and Career

He joined as a game developer in 2005 and left the company in 2009 for Jalbum, where he worked as a programmer for two years.

In May 2009, he co-founded the company Mojang AB, with his best friend Jakob Porter, and where they developed video games.

In 2009, his first sandbox video game was produced, Minecraft. This was a survival, open-ended, messy video game that combined his two childhood activities. In the same year, he shifted from full-time to part-time at Jalbum, to concentrate on his creation.

In 2010, he quit his job to focus solely on Minecraft. The game was launched in 2011, after which he passed the lead creative authority to Jens Bergensten.

In its production, Minecraft was released in various versions to suit all kinds of platforms, including Android, iOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, and Windows Phone.

In 2012, he released his second game, 0x10c, a sandbox science fiction video game. However, he shelved it due to lack of interest and concentration on other projects.

In 2012, he appeared in ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang,’ a documentary showcasing the formation and growth of Mojang and Minecraft.

He also gets involved in other competitions, for example, Ludum Dare, Jave 4K Game Programming Contest, and LD12, apart from his work on developing new games and updating the existing ones.

He also has consistently participated at the Ludum Dare 48-hour game-making contests where he has had creations, namely breaking the Tower, Meta gun, Prelude of the Chambered, and Minicraft.

In November 2014, he sold his company, Mojang, to Microsoft at a whooping cash deal amount of $2.5 billion. He thus handed over the Minecraft game’s intellectual property to its buyer.

In 2012, his 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Wurm Online, was developed, along with his designer friend Rolf Jansson.

His third game, Scrolls, was released in 2014, which was a strategy collectible card game, developed along with Jakoc Porter using the Unity game engine. This enabled it to be played on multiple gaming platforms.

Awards & Nominations

In 2011, he won three awards at Game Developers Choice Awards– Best Debut Game Award, Innovation Award, and Best Downloadable Game Award through his sandbox computer game, Minecraft.

In 2011, though, Minecraft won him two awards at the Independent Games Festival – Audience Award and Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

In 2012, through his game Minecraft, he won the Best Downloadable Game at the Golden Joystick Awards.

Apart from the above-mentioned awards, Times magazine has listed him in the ‘100 Most Influential People’.

By October 2014, Minecraft had sold over 60 million copies, and thus it was listed under best-selling video games of all times

Notch Net Worth, Income & Salary in 2021

Notch Net Worth
Notch Net Worth

As of October 2021, He has a net worth of $1.8 billion.

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

His political and social opinions on Twitter such as referring to feminism as a “social disease” and claiming that most feminists are “overtly sexist against men,” has attracted so much criticism

He was criticized after he referred to video game developer Zoë Quinn as a “cunt.” Later, he made tweets in support of a heterosexual pride day, and referred to the opponents of the idea as cunts suggesting that they “deserve to be shot.”

He deleted the tweets and walked back his statements, stating that it was all about finding something to say and not who he is, after facing community backlash.

He was criticized for posting a tweet that read, “Its ok to be white.”

Early in 2019, he received criticism for calling transgender women mentally ill.

Microsoft said that Persson would not be part of the Minecraft’s tenth-anniversary event, due to the views that he had expressed on social media earlier, which do not reflect those of either Microsoft or Mojang.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Notch Facebook page has around 14K fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 3.74M followers. On Notch Instagram account, he has around 46.9k followers while on YouTube, Notch has around 13k subscribers.

Being the enthusiastic game developer he is, he is to make more income, but however, he does not like being a billionaire.


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