Markus Persson, also known as Notch or xNotch, is a Swedish video game programmer and designer who founded the video game company Mojang alongside Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser in late 2010.
Persson’s principal venture for founding Mojang was Minecraft, a first-person sandbox video game that has gained popularity and support since its tech demo in 2009. Since the release of Minecraft, Persson has gained significant notability within the video game industry and has won multiple awards.
Persson has criticized both piracy and the stance of large game companies on piracy; additionally, he is also a member of the Swedish Pirate Party, which works to reform Swedish copyright and patent laws.
In September 2014, Persson announced that he, along with fellow Minecraft co-founders Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh, would be leaving Mojang after completing the sale of the company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.
Persson became the richest game developer in the history after the sale was finalised.