Minecraft Maker nets $101m in 2012


Formerly poor programmer may buy a car, once he learns how to drive.

Markus Persson, aka 'Notch', has raked in around £101 million in licensing fees for his home-made title Minecraft.

Booming into an internet sensation, the game has apparently changed the life of this one-time poor developer.

Notch told Reddit fans that the latest turn in his life was wholly unexpected and that he's not sure what to do with all the cash, except maybe learn to drive and get himself a car.

"I grew up in a relatively poor family, but once I got a decent job, I never really had to worry about money," he commented.

"My hobbies were playing games and programming, so there wasn't any real drain. I could eat out when I wanted to, and go to the movies without having to save up for it. I still had to save up for trips and to be able to buy computers or consoles, but that just felt normal."

Now that he has all the gadgets he wants and can enjoy travelling, the programmer says he wants to spend the remainder of his money more wisely.

"I think the right way to use money like this is to set a decent portion aside to make sure my family is comfortable, spend some on living out your dreams, and then try to put the rest towards making society a better place," he said.

"For me, this includes charities that help children, and charities that help promote freedoms I think are vital in the coming dozens of years."

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