SALT LAKE CITY — When Minecraft’s 10-year anniversary is celebrated this May, the game’s creator will not be part of it.
In comments to Variety this week, Microsoft said that Markus “Notch” Persson, who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, won’t be involved with anniversary events on May 17 due to his “comments and opinions.”
“His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of ‘Minecraft,'” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
According to Variety, Persson has “increasingly ostracized himself” on social media with Twitter comments that include transphobic statements as well as comments about race.4 comments on this story
In 2017, Persson tweeted that people who are against the idea of a Heterosexual Pride Day “deserve to be shot.” Persson has around 3.7 million followers on Twitter.
According to Variety, a new update to the Minecraft game last month removed screen text that referenced Persson. Microsoft didn’t comment about the removal of Persson’s name.
The spokesperson for Microsoft noted that Persson has not been involved with Minecraft since 2014, according to ComicBook.com.
The event on May 17, they said, will look at the “past, present and exciting future of the decade-old franchise.”