Notch Doesn’t Feel Mojang Deserves to Be Held Up Next to Valve

Edge Magazine rated Valve and Mojang as the #1 and #2 top studios working today, and Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson humbly refuted the honor.

Edge reasoned that Mojang’s unprecedented success and integrity is what earns it the #2 spot:

“Without losing any of its renowned individuality, [Mojang] has grown to support releases of its hit on new platforms, and now holds conventions and publishes games, all while it continues to develop more of its own. It also holds the industry spellbound as its founder, Markus Persson, champions both player and developer rights.”

Via Twitter, Notch appreciated the honor, but doesn’t believe his studio deserves it just yet. He wrote:

“#2? Really? One released game and almost no proven track record. Great honor, of course, but no. ;)

Notch went on to agree that Valve does deserve the #1 position.

Is Notch being too humble? Does Mojang deserve the #2 position?

via PC Gamer

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1 Comment on Notch Doesn’t Feel Mojang Deserves to Be Held Up Next to Valve


On January 16, 2013 at 3:23 am

What does Edge mean by “top”? Top at sales? Productivity? Consumer relations? Support? Innovation? Really I can name various company that fills each of those criteria better than Valve or Mojang and each one would be different.

Valve has not done much recently, the only game in 2012 they released was Counter-strike Global Offensive, hardly award winning material. They have had several title updates, but nothing major or setting them above the crowd.

Mojang developed exactly one game in 2012 Catacomb Snatch, definitely not award winning material, last update was almost a year ago. The one released game they have, Minecraft, does have good support, but Mojang are in no way unique in this aspect. Notch is 100% right, almost no proven track record, we have no reason to have them held higher in esteem than any other company.

Seems to me Edge just picked two companies they felt were “safe bets”, that would receive little controversy and be happily accepted as “top”. I do not dislike either company, but nothing comes to mind that sets either as the top in it’s field