Minecraft creator ‘Notch’ hates being a billionaire

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Minecraft creator ‘Notch’ hates being a billionaire.

Being a billionaire may sound like a great idea on paper but it doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness, with the brains behind Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, revealing his deep loneliness and sadness despite selling his company to Microsoft for $2.7 billion. But the 35-year-old said he no longer wanted the ‘responsibility’ of owning such a global success, and sold his development studio Mojang to US giant Microsoft. ‘I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. Notch, the Swedish gaming mogul who founded Minecraft-maker Mojang, says despite having millions and millions of dollars his former co-workers now “hate” him, and he now has a lack of purpose in life. This morning’s tweets went on: ‘When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.

It seems despite buying a Beverly Hills mansion for a whopping $A98 million, which he equipped with an enormous candy wall and used to host wild parties, Persson — also known as Notch — is actually super bored and really lonely. He took to Twitter over the weekend to help deal with his loneliness, revealing his money has led him to feel “isolated” and that once you have everything you “run out of reasons to keep trying.” “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance,” Notch wrote. He continued: “In sweden (sic), I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor.” To make matters worse, even his love life is in tatters.

Some Twitter users suggested Notch use his billions for good, therefore giving the programmer-turned CEO a sense of purpose, but Notch said that would just compound his issues. “I would [emulate Elon] Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again,” he wrote. “I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. I guess I’ll take a shower then!’ Mr Persson, who is known to gamers as ‘Notch’, was the majority shareholder of Mojang, controlling 71 per cent of the company according to its annual reports. But after expressing his sadness for an hour or so, which attracted plenty of love and kind words from many of his 2.5 million Twitter followers, Persson began to feel hopeful again.

The tech industry has been grappling with issues related to work-life balance and the immense pressure placed on CEOs and executives recently, with giant e-retailer Amazon coming under fire over past weeks for having an especially harsh and unforgiving workplace culture. A New York Times article which cited more than 100 current and former employees, describedw a wildly successful but ruthless company where workers are encouraged to report each other to supervisors for transgressions such as “inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.” It’s about my sanity.’ Like any 35-year-old who has suddenly found himself being one of the richest people in the world, Persson has spent lavishly and partied extravagantly. And to celebrate the sale of 10 million ‘downloads’ of the game he treated the whole staff to a three-day trip of ultimate extravagance to Monte Carlo three years ago. Before Christmas he out-bid pop star couple Jay Z and Beyonce to buy the most expensive mansion in Beverly Hills ever – an eight-bedroom modern-day palace in Los Angeles’ most exclusive district – for over £43 million [$70 million].

Markus Persson also owns two of the priciest apartments in the Swedish capital Stockholm – valued at £3 million and £2 million, respectively – one with arguably the best view of the water-surrounded city. He said he prefers the First Class cabin of British Airways to travelling by private jet, but this has not prevented him from regular journeys in a Learjet.

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