Who is Notch and what is his net worth 2018? Notch is a video game programmer from Sweden who is the co-founder of the company ‘Mojang’. He founded the video game company with Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh in 2010. He is also a video game designer. His venture ‘Minecraft’ became a popular video game and he found significant success. He is the chief designer of Minecraft since its launch in 2011. He left Mojang in 2014 after the company was taken over by Microsoft. Notch was also seen in the film ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’. He has also participated in various game making competitions.
Markus Alexej Persson popularly referred as Notch or as xNotch was born on June 1, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden. His father is Swedish while his mother is Finnish. Until age 7, he stayed in Edsbyn and then moved to Stockholm. At the same time, he started programming on Commodore 128 home computer which belonged to his father. A year later he produced his first game which is based on text adventure. He then began to work as a developer of the game for King.com for more than four years.
In August 2011, Notch married Elin Zetterstrand. In the Minecraft community, she is referred as “Ez”. The couple split up a year later. In 2014, he bought a mansion in California worth $70 million. He is a member of Swedish chapter of Mensa.
In 2009, he became a programmer for ‘Jalbum’. Notch was also the founders of ‘Wurm Online’ which is a 3D multiplayer role playing online game. In November 2011, he released his sandbox game called ‘Minecraft’. He quit his job to work full time on Minecraft. With the success of the game, many new team members were recruited in the team of Minecraft. It also went on to release its iOS and Android versions. In May 2012, the Xbox edition was also released. The game went on to sell more than 60 million copies on all platforms.
It also sold more than 70 million copies only on desktops. Mojang was later acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. He has also developed the game called ‘Scrolls’ along with Jakob Porser. ‘Scrolls’ was a collectible card and board game. On 1st April 2012, he launched a website for ‘Mars Effect’. He announced another game called ‘0X10c’ but shelved it and the game was later developed by his fans. He was featured in the movie ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’.
In 2011, his game Minecraft was named as the ‘Best Downloadable Game Award’ and ‘Best Debut Game Award’ at the Game Developer Choice Awards. He was also awarded the Innovation Award. The same year, it was named as the Seumas McNally Grand Prize winner and Audience Award at the Independent Games Festival. Golden Joystick Awards also named Minecraft as the ‘Best Downloadable Game’. Times magazine has placed Notch in the list of ‘100 Most Influential People’.
Notch Net Worth
Notch became interested in computers when he was seven years old. In 2005, he began to work as a game developer for King.com. Thereafter, he created his own game ‘Minecraft’ which became hugely popular and sold millions of units worldwide. In doing so, Notch has gone on to accumulate good wealth for himself. Notch’s net worth is an estimated $1.41 billion. He inherited this wealth by selling Mojang to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.
He has also released other games including ‘Scrolls’ and has participated in game making competitions called Jave 4K Game Programming Contes, LD12, and Ludum Dare. He was the key figure of the documentary called ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’ by 2 Player Productions. He has created Breaking the Tower, Minicraft, Prelude of the Chambered, and Metagun in the 48-hour game making contest called ‘Ludum Dare’.
Nothc achieved name and fame after the release of Minecraft through his company Mojang. As a successful game developer, he has designed many games by participating in various game making competitions. He is also the developer of Wurm Online but is no longer associated with this game. After the launch of Minecraft, he gave his job authority to Jens Bergensten.