Minecraft creator responds to Cliff Bleszinski calling him a "pouty kid"

Markus "Notch" Persson says, "I'm a man driven by principles, not capitalism…"

Following Facebook's surprise $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR on Tuesday, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson announced that he had canceled a version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift.

But it didn't end there. Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski called Notch a "pouty kid" for canceling the game, and now Notch has responded to the former Epic Games designer's claims

"I'm a man driven by principles, not capitalism, so I guess I'll just have to get used to the occasional name calling," Notch said in a tweet to Bleszinski last night.

Notch also pointed out that Mojang was working on a free version of Minecraft designed to promote virtual reality, not a fully featured version of the popular sandbox game.

Responding to this statement directly, Bleszinski said, "I understand. To be clear, it was the manner in which you pulled the plug that I mentioned, not the act itself." Bleszinski invested in Oculus VR as part of an early round of venture capital funding. He stands to make a lot of money from the acquisition.

Notch canceled Minecraft VR just hours after the Facebook/Oculus VR deal was announced, saying that the social networking company "creeps me out." He would later go on to say that Facebook's "motives are too unclear and shifting."

Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey says he hopes Notch's pessimism for the Oculus/Facebook deal is the minority opinion and that he hopes Minecraft can one day be released for Oculus Rift.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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205 comments
playmynutz
playmynutz

lets see some chainsaws next gen :-)

tightwad34
tightwad34

I am with Markus on this one. But it seems pretty obvious to me that Gamspot is just trying to drum up some very unnecessary drama for more clicks. I mean, this thing totally is a he said, she said scenario. It's like GS is acting like a high school girl.(shudders) vying for attention without thinking about how stupid they look.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Sony would be smart to pursue Notch for a Morpheus version on PS4 - Minecraft is crazy popular 

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

Notch punches Cliffy in the wallet and his balls retract into his abdomen, no one in the gaming world truly surprised by this, news at 10.  Seriously, Notch has way more cred than Cliffy at this point, and apparently way more class.  Nice backpedal btw Cliffy, every key on your keyboard a back key?

vackillers
vackillers

Think Cliffy B just simply needs to think before he opens his mouth and really needs to be a lot more respectful to people then he currently is. Notch deserves bit more respect than what was shown here, whether he agrees with what notch did or said or not, he didn't personally attack facebook where CB did attack Notch unnecessary. As the article states and several other article states, CB stands to gain a fucking shit ton of money anyway so its hard to take his word over Notches.

eridian00
eridian00

I use facebook for one reason only: to keep up to date with games and news that I subscribe to, like IGN, steam ect. Otherwise I can't stand facebook. So the thought of them trying to get into the gaming industry too makes my skin crawl.

Vodoo
Vodoo

It's none of Cliffy B's business what another guy does with HIS own privately held company. Cliff just doesn't want the stock to tumble off a cliff, so he's bad mouthing anything to the contrary.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Cliffy B just got BUUURRRNNNEEEDDD by Notch!!!

Wraith3
Wraith3

I tend to believe the person who doesn't say they are making a crapload of money on the deal...

Daian
Daian

I'm with Notch on this one.

Veenox
Veenox

Notch is clearly one of the person I respect the most in the gaming industry. That guy understands what is the gaming community and always put them first, and not the money. He devotes himself with charity and prove once again how great he is.

gMcR
gMcR

Like always, Cliffy B acts like a baby when things don't go his way.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

And it's Notch with the knock-out!

Go home now, Cliffy. You think you're rockstar, when in fact you're a one-hit-wonder who's been called up to be a fourth judge on a talent show because everyone else has got better things to do.

If Notch was being pouty, then Cliffy's just being pissy because the Rift has lost a potentially high-profile application, and so would more than likely not bring in as much money for Oculus.

uncle5555
uncle5555

There is only ONE solution to this.  Thunderdome. 


Two men enter, one man leaves.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

"I'm a man driven by principles, not capitalism…"


I don't care for Minecraft, but i applaud Notch for this. Every person in this world should think like this (i do). We all die in the end, and we don't take money with us, so...........why would i care to have 60 million in my bank account, if 3 million is more than enough.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

I love how Cliffy just bitched up when Notch called him out.

I guess he wasn't expecting that at all. 

also.

"Responding to this statement directly, Bleszinski said, "I understand. To be clear, it was the manner in which you pulled the plug that I mentioned, not the act itself.""

So...you were pretty much calling him a pouty because he canceled his game for the O.R. No need to try and twist your words around to save face Cliffy Boy. Don't be a bitch. its that simple.  If I was a top game developer, I would be the first person in the history of gaming to knock out Cliffy B and go to jail for it and have a bunch of news articles about it.

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

would you guys stop posting the "why its a good thing" video on every article, even the ones about negative reactions, for christ sake.


its like Gamespot is saying "here's the news, but remember, ITS A GOOD THING"

fede018
fede018

LOL, this is the same man who doesn't want to sell his game on Steam because they take a cut. Yeah capitalism is so awful...

AtlasTheStrong
AtlasTheStrong

At the end of the day it's his game, he can do what he wants with it.

Takeno456
Takeno456

Its always interesting when Cliffy B goes on the attack. Sorry Notch but he has a point, that's just how the market works.

ajstrike922
ajstrike922

Not for capitalism eh? Why not give up all your assets and become a monk. Hypocrite. Full of shit, and sheep will fall for this.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

If it weren't for capitalism, Notch would not have made millions from Minecraft. So Notch, how about a little "shhhhhh!"

commando1992
commando1992

To be fair, 'Facebook creeps me out' isn't exactly the sign of a reasonable business decision. Because as much as every indie dev is going to say that they're in it out of passion and not money, you still need money to make things, and the Oculus is never ever ever going to need another investor now. 

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I'm bringing popcorn.  Somebody call me when Cliff fires back, kay?

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@fede018  


Because you really dont own any of those games on steam? Maybe thats why. Hence why they sell those games for so cheap. 

you don't own anything digital. Stop thinking that you do.

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

@fede018 well Minecraft doesn't need Steam, obviously, being that Minecraft is one of the best selling games in history and all.  why share the profits when there's no benefit to doing so?  i love Steam, but it'd really be pointless to release Minecraft via Steam.

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

@Takeno456 yep, just like how someone bought Mojang when Minecraft was in development. oh wait...

hystavito
hystavito

@ajstrike922  Well there is one big question, why would he cancel the deal if not for principle?  You'd think he would stand to make more money from going ahead with the deal, especially with a huge company like Facebook now involved.


The only possible slightly reasonable scenario I can imagine where Notch makes more money from cancelling would be if that is a PR move that manages to create a huge boost in Minecraft sales, or one of his other projects.  Now ask yourself, does that really sound likely?  I would have to guess no, cancelling the deal will lead to less money than if he had not cancelled.


Look I get it, he's not some angel, he probably loves money just as much as other people and the fact that he already has a tonne of it means he can act like he doesn't care about it as much.  Still, he is turning down potential money, is he not?  I'm not saying we should believe everything he says, maybe he did this for his own ego, but regardless, he still cancelled a deal that could have made him money.  So, it's weird to attack him from that angle, isn't it?

yeah_28
yeah_28

@sdcazares1980 yet the point of the comment is that he is following his "principles" when those differ from the benefits capitalism wound ensure.

He didnt make minecraft just to make money.

dolchi21
dolchi21

@notfrylock1987 @fede018  "enjoy and own a few games" vs "enjoy and 'rent' (for who knows how many decades will they be available) so many games i won't be able to play them all for much less money"


make your choice. is "owning" the game really that important?

fede018
fede018

@sinclairhxc @fede018of course is a good business decision. But don't say you are not driven by capitalism if you don't want to share your profits with anyone! Can't you see the contradiction?

hystavito
hystavito

@sinclairhxc @Takeno456  I would imagine Notch has been approached many times about buying out Minecraft.  Many companies would love to take it over and do all sorts of stuff with it, ads, tie it in to other services, etc.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

@Bregzeinkul Yes, but since he made millions doing that, he's in no position to make that critical statement.

Talking_Monkey
Talking_Monkey

@fede018 @Talking_MonkeyAh yes, jumping right in with childish insults. You clearly aren't up for an adult conversation. Still, I'm gonna give a short reply anyway. How is it greedy to not want to give away 30% of your profits when it makes no logical sense to do so? All releasing on Steam would do is further line Valve's pockets. It wouldn't give any real benefit to players. If they want to use the steam overlay and have access to their friends list while playing Minecraft, they can still do so, and it only takes 10 seconds to set up. 

The only thing players would miss out on is the potential for Steam trading cards and achievements, which is meaningless fluff anyway. It would be pretty foolish to lose 30% of your profits just to add those. Also, he said he is driven by principles, not capitalism, meaning his principles come first. He didn't say he dislikes capitalism and doesn't like money.


And you dare call others idiots...

Talking_Monkey
Talking_Monkey

@fede018 There is no contradiction. Why should he give 30% of profits to another company "just because"?

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

@inthepastxx I'm not sure what that last statement is supposed to mean, but I'm only reacting to what he said. He made it sound like they're mutually exclusive. Can we agree that Notch made some poor choice of words here?

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@sdcazares1980 @BregzeinkulYou my friend are twisting his words around.  He has every right to say that.  He didn't sell of mojang the moment the company became a big hit like cliff did with that stupid machine.