Minecraft mastermind Markus “Notch” Persson made quite a bit of money from his open world video game over the course of 2012.
Thanks to a handful of lucrative licensing fees, Persson generated a staggering amount of money over the course of last year. According to Kotaku, the Minecraft creator made a little over $100 million from his inventive and addicting video game.
During a recent interview on Reddit, Notch explained that having that much money at his disposal isn’t something he’s gotten used to yet. The developer said that his parents didn’t have a lot of money when he was growing up.
“I grew up in a relatively poor family, but once I got a decent job, I never really had to worry about money. 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.”
Afterdawn explains that Persson gave his $3 million in dividends to the 29 employees at Mojang. The Minecraft creator said he also intends to donate money to information freedom groups and children’s charities.
“Now, all of the sudden, as a result of how modern society works, I managed to somehow earn a sh**-ton of money. I still like playing games and programming, 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 the stats posted at the game’s official website, over 9.1 million people have purchased a copy of the game. In the last 24 hours, nearly 20,000 decided to give Minecraft a shot.