Minecraft removes references to controversial creator Notch in latest build

Updated April 29, 2019: Microsoft purposely removed references to Notch due to the statements he's made publicly. The company wishes to distance itself from his statements.

Many years ago, Microsoft bought Minecraft for a record sum, and has since expanded its scope to include industries like virtual reality and education. However, it seems like some other changes are afoot. Recently, Fortune and other outlets reported that Minecraft creator Markus Persson — also known as Notch — made controversial statements about homosexuality. As a result of this, Microsoft may have removed mention of him from Minecraft.

Notch hasn't been involved in Minecraft's developement for years, but he's still one of the developers who helped make it. According to a report by PC Gamer, "the Minecraft wiki lists the removal of the text 'Made by Notch!' and 'The Work of Notch!' in the March 27 snapshot." PC Gamer verified that the references to Notch are indeed gone.

We've reached out to Microsoft for a statement as to why references to Notch have been removed. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. It's unclear if this decision is related to his controversial comments.

Minecraft is expected to join Xbox Game Pass in April. According to the company, the game allows players to "discover limitless ways to play and create anything you can imagine." You can try to survive the night alone or share your adventure with friends. You also have the ability to build anything you can think of, explore your own unique overworld, and interact with various creatures.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

25 Comments
  • This may be an error, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft wants to distance themselves from him after this comments.
  • I think it's pretty stupid to be honest. Minecraft wouldn't have existed without him. All this "erasing history" because of something offensive is going way too far. All MS had to do, assuming the reason is his statements, is let people know he doesn't work for Microsoft, and his views are not the views of Microsoft.
  • I think it still affects the brand of Minecraft.
  • Notch has been saying dumb stuff for years. The same years Minecraft was breaking records for sales.
  • I don’t think he’s done something on this level before.
  • That subjective though. It sounds like you're very bothered by his latest statement (and there's nothing wrong with you being seriously bothered by it) He's also called women C*nts which would throw other people into a complete tailspin and think that's the worst possible thing to say. I think the dude is an absolute jerk, but he came up with one of the all time best selling games. He deserves that credit along side of all the stupid things he says.
  • I didn’t know that he’d said that. I think maybe this statement is generating more publicity.
  • He should’ve been removed a long time ago. His behavior is unacceptable. Plus, he sold Minecraft completely, he doesn’t own it so Microsoft doesn’t have to include any references to him.
  • I hold this opinion. Minecraft is no longer his. This doesn't mean his contributions should be erased from history, but he doesn't need to be on the title screen or in heavily visible places.
  • I think it's pretty stupid that you think this is erasing history. That doesn't even make sense.
  • Notch MADE the game. Erasing his credit to contributions is in line with all the other crap people are pulling like removing the confederate flag form history books, and removing statues. Bad things happened, doesn't mean we need to wipe it from peoples minds.
  • He sold the game. No longer his. Too bad, that's business.
  • Removing statues is not the same as erasing from the history books. Books are to keep a moment as a memory but a statue is to bring tribute to someone.
  • That glorifies it. People can read about that in the history books or Wikipedia.
  • Come on erase from history... If anything it hilights it... In this Era everybody knows what you say and what you do is scrutenized and judged... I'm not saying it's a good thing, but people like notch should know better...
  • What were his "controversial" comments? Anything can be considered controversial nowadays
  • https://www.mandatory.com/culture/1288001-minecrafts-notch-people-hetero...
    https://www.mandatory.com/entertainment/991475-notch-creator-beautiful-g...
    https://www.mandatory.com/entertainment/1276689-last-night-devs-anti-fem... He's been doing this for years now. Good riddance.
  • On the other hand, a lot flies these days that wouldn't otherwise. There was a time when politicians were all expected to conduct themselves in a dignified manner. Now, politicians attack, use foul language and ad hominem attacks, and get away with it all for "speaking their mind." Yeah, his comments were very ignorant and repulsive. But I don't think this change was about that or it would've happened long ago.
  • I think his comments were homophobic. I didn’t want to add them to this article.
  • Lol Oy vey....
  • Dumb move on their part. Mojang created a controversy where there wasn't one.
  • Eh. If anyone actually employed by Microsoft tweeted the stuff Notch has been tweeting they would get fired. Removing his name from a product that he hasn't been involved in for years is appropriate. They are not going to want their brand associated with someone who says stuff like that.
  • The worst part is that he’s said even worse in the past.
  • For real, fuck Notch. He sold the game, it's no longer his. Good-bye, go enjoy your billions. No reason why Microsoft should tolerate his name on their product any longer. It's a dumb game, not Moby Dick.
  • Dang, man. Did Notch kill your puppy or something? Not sure what your beef is with him, but I'm guessing it stems from a misunderstanding of his "controversial" tweets. You know that he's a troll, right? He says stupid things, often in a chain of tweets, to get a rise out of people and the media constantly cherry-picks them out of context. Getting mad at Notch for trolling is like getting mad at Ken M for trolling. That's literally their goal. It's far more than a "dumb game". He created a cultural phenomenon that has become the second-best selling video game of all time, the most watched property in YouTube history, a "dumb game" that revolutionized the video game industry, revolutionized the education industry, and the inspired tens of millions of boys and girls into STEM fields. I could only ever dream of contributing even 1/millionth as much to the world as he did. Again, Microsoft created a controversy where there wasn't one. It's like no one ever learned from the Streisand Effect. Ironically, Microsoft threw the Xbox One Edition of Minecraft under the bus years ago, so my version still has Notch references on the splash page anyway.