Notch will not be part of Minecraft 10th anniversary celebrations, according to Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson will not be part of the official 10th anniversary celebrations of the game due to his controversial “comments and opinions”.

Notch published Minecraft on May 17, 2009, and Microsoft acquired the intellectual property rights in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion. The company will now celebrate 10 years of the game, and will hold a special press event at Mojang’s Stockholm studio on May 17, focusing on the “past, present and exciting future.”

Although Notch has been unmarked from Minecraft since its sale five years ago, many have wondered if the company will invite the person responsible for creating this global phenomenon for its anniversary, especially considering that last month decisions began to be made to distance the brand of its creator.

Minecraft turns ten on May 17.

An update published last March removed all references to Notch from the game, which in recent years has generated controversy with its racist and anti-discrimination messages on social media.

Microsoft has remained silent until now, which has released a statement to Variety confirming that Notch will not be part of next month’s official Minecraft anniversary celebrations. “Your comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang, and do not represent Minecraft,” stated a representative.