Markus 'Notch' Persson, most famously known for being the creator of Minecraft, is not dead despite a fatal hoax finding its way back around the internet.
Minecraft is one of the biggest games of all time, and its popularity has miraculously risen thanks to the exploits of PewDiePie and his promise to deliver something special once he reaches the milestone of 100 million subscribers. Not only that, but Microsoft is also delivering their own Pokémon Go-esque mobile title with the massively ambitious Minecraft Earth. Yet, despite the video game property remarkably being more popular than ever before, there is a death hoax surrounding its creator, Markus 'Notch' Persson, that fails to go away.
There's a lot of mysteries on the internet such as why Alinity Divine has never been banned on Twitch and why Methodjosh was indefinitely removed from the streaming platform, but there's also an abundance of death hoaxes pertaining to celebrities.
In case you somehow don't know what a death hoax is, it's a fake news story that causes masses of people to believe that a well-known individual is dead. Jackie Chan, Hilary Clinton, and even former president Barack Obama have all mistakenly been reported as deceased before in the past, and the same happened with Minecraft creator Persson earlier this year.
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Who is Markus 'Notch' Persson?
Markus 'Notch' Persson is a 40-year-old Swedish bloke who became a part of video game royalty with the release of Minecraft.
Rather than being a huge undertaking designed solely to ransack dozens of wallets around the world, Persson's Minecraft was nothing more than a hobby during its developmental phase.
The indie game was first released and available to play on May 17, 2009 on the TIGSource forums, and the title eventually went on to become a household name in the video game industry.
However, while Minecraft is now an obscenely popular property that even Disney used to promote Toy Story 4, Persson hasn't been a part of the game's recent success.
After selling 15 million copies of Minecraft across gaming consoles, the game's creator sold out to Microsoft in a $2.5 billion cash deal back in September 2014.
According to Forbes, Persson currently ranks at number 1,425 for wealthiest billionaires in 2019.
Yet, although he created a fantastic game as a hobby and sold it for a gobsmacking amount of cash, Minecraft's creator has since become a somewhat infamous individual thanks to his exploits on social media.
Markus 'Notch' Persson's controversial tweets and removal from Minecraft
An update on March 27, 2019 saw numerous mentions of Markus 'Notch' Persson removed from Minecraft, and the game's notorious creator was also not allowed to be a part of its 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 17.
A Microsoft spokesman explained to Variety that Persson wasn't welcome thanks to his repulsive "comments and opinions" that didn't reflect the character of Microsoft, Mojang and Minecraft.
As for the views and beliefs Persson expressed online, they really were unwarranted, sickening, and impossible to defend.
Per PinkNews, Persson tweeted in 2017, “If you’re against the concept of a #HeterosexualPrideDay, you’re a complete fucking c**t and deserve to be shot.”
He also posted anti-trans messages in March of this year, such as "THEY ARE THE ONES USING THE WRONG PRONOUNS F**KING HELL.”
To go even further down the rabbit hole, he has also tweeted disgusting remarks such as, "I'd rather be a fascist c*nt than have a feminist d*ck" (via Ars Technica).
Furthermore, he also tweeted endorsements for both the Pizzagate and QAnon conspiracy theories.
With the above remarks resulting in understandable ire from masses of people, it's no wonder that Microsoft and Mojang have distanced themselves from the controversial billionaire.
I once tried to trick people upset at me into thinking things I like are things I dislike they can use against me.— notch (@notch) 12 August 2019
I'll report back later, but the usual ironic lesson of being careful what you wish for is in effect, and just as obvious after the fact as always!
Is Notch dead?
A "news story" claiming Markus 'Notch' Persson was dead found its way on Twitter at the end of May 2019.
The alleged news item was supposedly from CNN, and it reported that the Minecraft creator had died from a drug overdose.
Several links on Twitter and Facebook claimed that the infamous creator was dead, but these were all purposefully false as the CNN news story linked to an article about Robert Muller with a shortened URL (via Monsters and Critics).
Not only that, but Persson was active on his Twitter account while the death hoax circled the internet, and he continues to be a vocal voice on social media.
However, despite the hoax having been dismantled, many people continue to Tweet and spread the CNN story that the Minecraft creator is no longer with us.
Yet, while some people continue to spread the false story, others and Persson aren't afraid to make light of the situation.
He was found when neighbors heard shouts of "see!? THIS one is disgusting too! But at least they don't have bacon on them!"— notch (@notch) 12 August 2019
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