Notch Says If You Can’t Pay for Minecraft, Pirate It and Pay Later

It’s not every day that the creator of a game suggests players pirate it. But then, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is not like every game creator, either.

In a Twitter update, Notch had the following suggestion for gamers a little low on cash but who would like to play Minecraft: just f–kin’ do it.

Twitter user Andres Leay wrote Notch on Twitter, hoping for some kind of free account for Minecraft as an alternative to piracy. Here is Notch’s response:

“@AndresLeay Just pirate it. If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then. Also don’t forget to feel bad. ;)

Now, I wouldn’t take that as an invitation to pirate Minecraft because Notch says it’s okay. Stealing is wrong, kids. But the remarkable thing about Notch, Mojang and Minecraft in general is the live-and-let-live attitude held by all of them, and the community at large. If you like Minecraft, pay the guys who made it. They deserve it. In the end, Notch stands by his game and his community, and he wants you to play it and enjoy it. Because that’s the kind of guy he is.

You know, if more developers (and publishers) had a public face on their companies akin to Notch’s as the face of Mojang, I’m willing to bet piracy would be a lot less of an issue — and probably gaming as a larger community would be better for it. And that’s the end of my utopian daydreaming about puppies, rainbows, and a world where gamers are nice to each other.

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4 Comments on Notch Says If You Can’t Pay for Minecraft, Pirate It and Pay Later


On January 13, 2012 at 1:35 am

the reason hes saying this is most likely the hight ammounts or purchases that dont go through, as in you pay but you dont get a “premium” account upgrade. so you still cant do sht. and as for getting support for problems like this. dont hold youre breath


On January 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

“and as for getting support for problems like this. dont hold (youre) breath)”

Learn some proper English grammar please sentences start with capital letter dont is supposed to be don’t and youre is your (not you’re) in the case of this sentence.

Example: You’re stupid.
Example 2 : Your dog, your cat, your breath.

Go ahead call me a grammar Nazi for all I care Nazis were the bad guys I am the good guy :P .

Phil Hornshaw

On January 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm


Technically, all your statements are run-on sentences. You need periods and commas in there, at the least.


On January 25, 2012 at 1:43 am

Learn some proper English grammar[,] please[.] [S]entences start with [a] capital letter[,] ["]dont["] is supposed to be ["]don’t[,"] and (“)youre(“) is ["]your["] (not you’re) in this case.

Go ahead[,] call me a grammar Nazi for all I care[.] Nazi[']s were the bad guys, I am the good guy.