Markus Persson

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Markus Persson
Real name

Markus Alexej Persson

Date of birth

June 1, 1979[1]


Game developer, Mojang AB




Known for

Creating Minecraft, owner of Mojang AB

Also known as

Markus Alexej

Twitter name


Minecraft name

(Golden Text).png Notch (Golden Text)


Red Apple

Notchface.png 2010 is almost over! I've seen it in my dreams!
Notch on December 29, 2010

Markus Alexej Persson, more commonly known as Notch, is the creator of Minecraft and the owner of Mojang AB.


Persson started programming at the age of seven, using his dad's Commodore 128. He produced his first game (a text-adventure) at the age of eight, with the help of type-in programs. In 2005 he started working as a game developer for, which he left in 2009 to work as a programmer at Jalbum. After Minecraft sales grew he moved from full time to part time at Jalbum and then eventually left to focus full time on Minecraft in June 2010, many of the Mojang employees (including CEO Carl Manneh) are also ex-Jalbum employees. Outside of work he frequently takes part in competitions, including Ludum Dare, LD12 and the Java 4K Game Programming Contest. He lived in Denmark before he moved to Sweden with his parents and went to school there.

Notch has his own part of the Mojang website that can be found at

Games and other work

Notch has released much of his work, including, but not limited to:


2.5d Engines:



  • On June 1st 2011, Notch posted on Twitter that he was 25 years old.[2] 25 is 32, which is indeed his age.
  • Notch programmed the Minecraft splash screen to display "Happy Birthday, Notch!" all day on the 1st of June.

See also