In late 2014, Microsoft announced the purchase of Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. The Redmond company thus became one of the most famous and viral video games in history, created by Markus Persson (better known as “Notch”).
At the time, Notch announced via Pastebin that he was leaving his own company. Five years later a new version of Minecraft Java is coming (19w13a), and in addition to correcting some errors, it eliminates references to its creator.
Notch and his support for conspiracy theories
It must be made clear that Notch continues to appear in the game credits, but with this update Mojang removes the famous mentions of its creator on the welcome screen.
That means that from now on we will no longer see the classics “Made by Notch!”, “110813!” (date Notch got married) or “The Work of Notch!” At the moment we do not know the reasons behind this change, and neither Mojang nor Microsoft have commented on it.
Let’s not forget that Notch has been the protagonist of some controversies in recent years. Earlier this month he posted a tweet about QAnon, a conspiracy theory (started on 4Chan) created by someone who claims to be an anonymous public employee who has access to classified information and who is leaving clues online to uncover big secrets.
Notch is the most important public figure who has given voice to this theory of the conspiracy, and until that moment no famous person had dared to assure that QAnon “is true”.
Some fans of the game seem to be happy about this decision:
Oficialmente Notch ha sido borrado de Minecraft y nada puede ser mas bonito este año que eso.
— Magdarale (@ErMagda) 27 de marzo de 2019
Twitter user @decrepitlab was the first to discover this important change in Minecraft, and in the screenshot below we can see the previous version (on the right) compared to the current version (on the left):
In addition to this change, this update brings other news: a status effect (called “village hero”), an accessibility button on the title screen and they claim they have fixed more than 20 bugs.