Minecraft creator Notch banned from 10th anniversary for anti-LGBTI comments

Notch at the 2011 Game Developers Conference.

Microsoft banned the creator of Minecraft from the game’s 10th anniversary celebrations because of his anti-LGBTI comments.

The hugely popular video game turns 10 on 17 May. To celebrate, Microsoft are hosting a series of events, including a special event in Stockholm. Microsoft bought Minecraft and developer Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014 from Marcus Persson – known as Notch.

However, the once-famous game developer has nearly been wiped from the history of his game due to a series of anti-LGBTI outbursts.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Variety: ‘His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.’

What has Notch said? 

Most recently, Notch came under fire for a series of transphobic remarks on Twitter.

In response to a My Little Pony meme stating trans women are women, he replied saying they only ‘feel like they are’. He then compared trans identities to a mental illness.

In 2017, the billionaire also wrote: ‘If you’re against the concept of a #HeteroseuxalPrideDay, you’re a complete fucking cunt and deserve to be shot.’

He has since deleted the tweet.

Screengrab: Twitter

He also replied to a comment saying ‘straight pride is 364 days of the year’ with ‘so is gay pride’.

In this same year he tweeted ‘It’s ok to be white,’ presumably without provocation.

Micrsoft promised the anniversary event will celebrate the ‘past, present and exciting future of the decade-old franchise’.

Minecraft is the second best-selling game in history, behind Tetris. There are 91 million monthly players.

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Minecraft creator Notch under fire for transphobic tweets

Notch at the 2011 Game Developers Conference.

Minecraft creator Markus Notch Persson has come under fire for posting transphobic tweets.

The Swedish game developer behind the popular sandbox game has tweeted about trans women on 11 March.

Trans women ‘feel like they are’ women

Replying to a My Little Pony meme stating that trans women are women, the billionaire replied by saying they only ‘feel like they are’.

‘No. They feel like they are, and it’s serious, and deserves love,’ he wrote.

‘My sister thought she was fat and got dangerously thin. At no point was she. At no point did i hate her.’

‘You are absolutely evil if you want to encourage delusion. What happened to not stigmatizing mental illness?’ he furthermore added.

‘There is no love in pretense. There is no you when you appease,’ he also wrote.

Replying to a trans user who seemed to agree with his views, Notch then tried to clarify his previous tweets.

‘I have no idea what it’s like of course, but it’s inspiring as hell when people open up and choose to actually be who they know themselves as,’ Notch wrote.

He also added: ‘Not because it’s a cool choice, because it’s a big step. I guess that’s cool actually nvm.’

His controversial tweets got mixed reactions from fans.

Notch supports straight Pride

Notch left his position at his former development studio Mojang in 2014, after Microsoft acquired it for $2.5 billion.

His controversial views on Twitter have been harshly criticized over the last few years.

In 2017, the billionaire expressed some violent thoughts regarding people who are against the concept of straight Pride.

‘If you’re against the concept of a #HeterosexualPrideDay, you’re a complete fucking cunt and deserve to be shot,’ he wrote in a tweet since deleted.

Screengrab: Twitter

‘By a photographer … with a gun,’ he added in a later tweet.

The developer also replied to a comment suggesting that ‘straight pride is 364 days of the year’ with ‘so is gay pride’.

‘So yeah, it’s about pride of daring to express, not about pride of being who you are. I get it now,’ he then added.

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