If you have played Minecraft for a long time you might be familiar with the references to the game’s original creator Markus “Notch” Persson that were listed in the main menu of Minecraft. The game has received an update today which removes most of these references from the main menu. Some of you may not be aware that Minecraft is now owned by a big tech company that you may have heard about.
Persson sold his studio Mojang, and with it all of Minecraft, to Microsoft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion. We often see founders join the new homes of their companies when such an acquisition happens but Persson did not join Microsoft. The Redmond-based company has thus taken Minecraft forward without any input from the guy who made it.
Minecraft’s main menu long displayed a series of rotating phrases as splash text in the top right hand corner of the logo. The text usually included catchphrases, references, and even jokes. Some also offered the original creator, they included “Made by Notch!,” “The Work of Notch!,” and “110813,” which is the date that Persson got married.
Microsoft did not comment when asked about the changes to the splash text. The studio that develops some parts of the game’s console ports has also confirmed that similar changes to splash text will be rolling out on the console versions as well.