Notch Has Stepped Down As Minecraft’s Lead Developer

Earth, er, world-shattering news everyone. Markus Persson (AKA ‘Notch’), the creator of Minecraft and cofounder of Mojang, has stepped down as Minecraft’s lead developer. He announced the move in a post to his personal blog earlier today:

As of yesterday, Jens Bergensten is the new lead developer on Minecraft. He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess. I’ve promised him to not pull rank. ;)

We’ve been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game. And when we don’t agree, we discuss it and something much better comes out at a result. He’s truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him.

If you want to contact Jens, he’s on twitter as @jeb_, or you can email him at

Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager. I’ll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project.

Interesting, coming so soon after Minecon. I’m assuming it’s been in the works for a while, though it’s curious about the timing. Perhaps he’s got another project up his sleeve, or perhaps he’s transitioning into a larger role with Mojang as a whole? No word of course what prompted this decision. Whatever happens, I suspect we can assume Notch considers Minecraft to be complete(ish).

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3 Comments on Notch Has Stepped Down As Minecraft’s Lead Developer


On December 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Sounds to me like he sold off minecraft, Microsoft probably bought it.

minecraft player

On December 7, 2011 at 5:04 am


Ben Allsopp

On February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm