Markus Persson is a video game programmer from Sweden who is the co-founder of the video game company called ‘Mojang’. His company has created several video game series like ‘Minecraft’. His company was acquired by Microsoft in 2014. Persson has made several other games and has also won many awards. He was also seen in the film ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’. Here is a quick look at Markus Persson’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Markus Persson Early Life
Markus Alexej Persson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 1, 1979. He is the son of Ritva and Birger Persson. He is also called as “Notch”.
He was interested in computers from a very young age and used to create games on Indians and cowboys. When he was eight years old, Persson made his first game.
In August 2011, Markus Persson got married to Elin Zetterstrand. The couple separated a year later. He makes electronica music and is a member of Swedish chapter of Mensa. Persson is very active on Twitter and was also involved in a controversy. He was criticised in 2017 for his opinions and has supported the heterosexual pride day.
He has criticised piracy and has joined the Swedish Pirate Company. Persson is also a philanthropist and has assisted in raising money for charity. He is an atheist.
Markus Persson Career, Awards & Achievement
From 2005 to 2009, Markus Persson used to work as a game developer for the popular game company King.com. Following that, he worked as a programmer in Jalbum for two years. Along with Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh, he formed Mojang in 2010.
They then started to develop video games for their company. In 2011, he released the game ‘Minecraft’. It happens to be his most popular game and has sold millions of copies across the world. Later, the pocket edition of ‘Minecraft’ was also made available for PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows Phone, and Android.
Mojang was sold to Microsoft in 2014. Prior to that, he made the collectible card and board game ‘Scrolls’. The game was in dispute after its name was trademarked by Bethesda Softworks. It was settled in 2012, and Mojang was allowed to use the name ‘Scrolls’.
In April 2012, he created the website “Mars Effect”. Following this, he came up with 0x10c. He has participated in many game making events like the ‘Ludum Dare’. In Ludum Dare, he created the game ‘Breaking the Tower’.
He also created ‘Metagun’, ‘Prelude of the Chambered’, and ‘Minecraft’. He is also the creator of the game ‘Wurm Online’. Out of the gaming world, Persson has acted in the film ‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2011, Markus Persson won the Game Developers Choice Award for ‘Minecraft’. He has also the 2012 BAFTA Games Award. Times magazine has listed Persson as ‘100 Most Influential People’. His game Minecraft has received the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and Golden Joystick Award. At the Independent Games Festival of 2011, the game won the Audience Award.
Net Worth of Markus Persson
The estimated net worth of Markus Persson is more than $1.5 billion. Thanks to his career as a game developed that he was able to make good money. He inherited this fortune by creating the company ‘Mojang’ along with his friends. The company was later sold to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. The games developed by Persson have also sold millions of copies worldwide. His game ‘Minecraft’ continues to be one of the most popular games in the world.
Markus Persson is one of the most renowned game developers in the world. As ‘Notch’, he became a character of ‘FTL: Faster Than Light’ (video game). He has also written about Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson. His game has been played by people across the world, and he has got many followers in the social media.