Being the incredible cultural phenomenon it has become, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has accumulated quite the significant amount of moneys from Minecraft. But instead of diving head first into a pile of solid gold coins ala Scrooge McDuck, Notch has described the situation as “weird as f**k” and plans to donate a sizable amount of his wealth to charity.
In an interview with Gamespot, he claims that he’s sort of run out of stuff to buy!
“I still like playing games and programming,” he said, “and once I had the latest computer and consoles, there really isn’t much more to spend the money on than traveling. I might eventually get a driver’s license so I can buy a car.”
According to Notch, once he’s sorted out his family, and made sure everyone is secure, he’s planning to donate money various children’s charities and other causes close to his heart such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“I think the right way to use money like this is to set a decent portion aside to make sure my family is comfortable,” said Notch, “spend some on living out your dreams, and then try to put the rest towards making society a better place. For me, this includes charities that help children, and charities that help promote freedoms I think are vital in the coming dozens of years…”
In idle daydreams, one tends to imagine becoming rich, and maybe indulging in a spot of philanthropy. It’s pretty amazing that Notch gets to actually follow through on these things. Good on him.
Notch discusses Minecraft money [Gamespot]