Notch Plans To Give Minecraft Money To Charity, Being Rich Is 'Weird As F**k'

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]


    Can we give this man some kind of an award?

      For what? He hasn't done anything yet aside from make a very successful game.

        People get awards for making successful games. Maybe one of them?

        An award for just generally making the effort to be a good person.
        There should be more of those.

    In before Notch hate

      I'm not hating, I just want to see it before I'll believe it... if he does it, it'll be very admirable.

    Notch earns $100 mil, sorts out family, friends, self, plans to donate to charity. Execs at EA and Activision find the concept alien, go back to rubbing cash all over their bodies whilst exclaiming "Moneeeeeey, glorious moneeeeyyy!!!"

    Another reason why Notch is class.

      Not really comparable.

      EA executives are accountable to stockholders, while Notch is the sole owner of his company.

      Secondly, he hasn't actually done anything yet, and many of his antics demonstrate anything but class.


        Not only that but Activision actually does donate a reasonable amount to charity despite the stockholders (eg donated $3 million to veterans charity in 2011), and EA also gets involved with charity (eg giving $500,000 of free in-game advertising for Movember last year).

          Your point is almost invalid. The veterans charity they donated to, CODE, the Call Of Duty Endowment is entirely in-house and is not an external charity as such It's not the same thing, like changing your hands to hold your wallet. They also charged the attendees USD $150/head, raising a substantial amount to offest costs. There's a big difference between raising money to donate, and donating from your coffers. And not charging for the adspace is not a free kick, more often than not, it's money the charities have to raise in the first place. That's not a donation. Giving them money gives them something tangible to use, saving them money doesn't, they still have to raise it. Anyways, they earned USD $4.53 Billion last year. Even a donation of 1% is almost $50 million. Good luck getting that out of tightarsed share holders though.

          Oh, and a lot of nay-sayers said the same thing about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. So, you know, it's not like there aren't precedents.

    A humble man, with a big heart. I'd do the same if I was in his position and it's admirable! There's more important things than unlimited (or close to) wealth.

    I agree with Spaghett, this guy needs an award! :)


      Actions speak louder than words. All Notch has been to this point so far, is words. Lets see the actions...

        you'd be correct, not gonna go against you there at all.

        Only time will tell and lets hope for the best!

        Fair call. I'd like to see him do it too.

          ...unless it's to PETA. Those guys are assholes. Much better charities around. :p

    It has always puzzled me why people want to amass such fortunes. I can agree with Notch, once you have everyone close to you comfortable, what more is there to spend money on? Even if you have a bloody expensive hobby like classic cars you can only throw so many millions at it yet there are people sitting on top of billions of personal wealth, with literally no way to even make a dent in it aside from throwing it out the window.

      This is why I appreciate people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who are basically spending the rest of their lives giving their fortunes away and have both stated that they won’t be leaving enormous inheritances for their kids.

        It's funny how they've waited so long to do it, and even then it's a trickle...

          What a retarded comment. Bill Gates has been heavily involved in charity for almost as long as he's had money, and not only has he given away the GDC of some smaller countries, but he's trying to get all the other billionaires to do the same. Who gives a shit how long it took?

            Yeah, Manno, it was a retarded comment. You're on the money, as it were. :p

    I dunno if this applies to money of this scale, but 50 mil at the bank earning 5% interest is 2.5 million a year... take tax out and you're still looking at 1.25 mil a year ($3400 a day).

    If this is not enough money for you, I hate you.

    I would easily look at something like that and just keep scraping the rest off the top to charities and funds that I believed in.

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