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

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Posted on January 12, 2012, Phil Hornshaw 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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