Minecraft Mastermind Mints Millions, Marinates in Misery



A nice view, admittedly.

Interesting short piece about Markus Persson and the lottery-winning misery he's sunk into over the year since he sold his company, Mojang, to Microsoft for $2.5 billion dollars

Minecraft creator Markus Persson has posted a series of tweets revealing that he feels deeply lonely. He spent a reported $70 million on an 8-bedroom, 15-bathroom mansion in Beverley Hills that came complete with a replica James Dean motorbike and a bar stacked with Dom Perignon.

Since, he’s been hosting parties attended by Selena Gomez and skateboarder Tony Hawk and had Skrillex DJ a pool party for guests in his infinity pool, which has panoramic views across LA. So many parties, that he was surprised recently to discover a huge pile of lost and found items left by guests in his garage.

The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.
— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015

Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I've never felt more isolated.
— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015​

This sort of thing is quite common with lottery winners and others who achieve sudden riches, where suddenly they go from a normal life with real friends to this quasi-celebrity figure surrounded by parasites who all want to leech off of them. It's not usually so intense in the tech field since the nerds who hit the jackpot usually know and want nothing more in life other than doing their computer stuff, and they can keep at it. For instance, the Schaefers and Dave Brevik (plus their other early employees) did very well when Blizzard bought Condor and turned them into Blizzard North just before Diablo 1 became a smash hit, but that just meant they drove a Mercedes instead of a broken down Volkswagon to and from their job making video games.

You have to think Markus Persson would be happier if he'd stayed in the video game field and just thrown himself into making some new game or running some new computer company. I hope he gets better financial advice than he did personal, since he seems to have made horrendous choices. Moving to the most superficial place on earth and buying a gigantic house that feels like a hotel, without a single comfortable, intimate room, and wasting money throwing huge parties for the superficial fame-hungry parasites that fill LA sounds like a sure route to misery and despair, for any real computer gaming geek. (Pics or video of his outrageous house here.)

That said, it's easy to lecture and scold from a safe distance, uncorrupted by fame and fortune. What would you guys do if you were abruptly hit with that sort of impossible wealth? Could you resist the urge to throw your life upside down and fall into some club party scene of phonies and celebrities, even knowing you'd soon come to hate it and everyone attached to it?
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But why? You could pay people to play D3 for you! Giving you more free time to... um...


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I'd take some of that money off his hands. I'm sure the fancy house is amazing and all, but I'd start traveling abroad or something.


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Many max-level players report that Wealth III's endgame is broken and dull. Content patch now!

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Well how about start with not buying a place that has a bathroom to use for every single part of the day for a week...
Just cause you have money doesn't mean you need to invite total strangers to a party either.
If you had friends beforehand they should still be your friend afterwards. Invite them.
Hire someone who 'teaches' you about suddenly being rich (like lotteries do when someone wins big).


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Give me some money? That'll make you feel good! I don't ask for a lot, just some to help tide over new-baby life and lack of jobs to apply for :D


I've wondered that about the Schaefer brothers and Dave Brevik back along when clearly they'd made a very very handsome retirement fund. They left Blizzard and moved straight onto another company and another game. Probably a wise move, especially if it's your passion.

Even though I'm not loaded I know I'd not do what he did and down tools. With that sort of money I'd give the vast majority to charity for starters., so I'd not be 'struggling' with 2.5 bn.

I just watched an interview with him on Youtube and he was asked if he was going to allow himself 'to be Borged' and bought out by the big boys and he said he was going to resist. It's hard to resist that sort of money.

I saw that house the other day on an episode of Ray Donovan, I thought it was his house and seeing that pic now it was, I'm sure of it. Nice view though.


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I don't think anybody can say for sure how they would react. I don't think I would fall into his kind of scene though because I've never fantasized about being in those kind of situations, I'm not a big crowds/party type person... very much a home-body. I know for sure I would do some travelling, probably a LOT of travelling, visiting family scattered all about as well as many places in the world that I have definitely been interested in. I would think I would try to balance out the travelling with getting to spend time with all the people that are important to me.

But I really can't say for sure unless it happens (any time now would be fine I'll take the risk).


Watching the video of the house, I didn't see one room I would feel comfortable in. It feels like a hotel, with seating for 20 everywhere, and all these huge, open spaces. The house is basically destiny; it's scaled so large that you almost have to have parties or a dozen house guests or else you feel like you're standing alone in an empty theater.

But of course any thinking person just ends up feeling more alone when pretending to party along with a bunch of drunken strangers, so that's no solution...


We post about other bliz games and general gaming news from time to time, and this one has gotten a lot of attention of late.

It's also a useful cautionary tale, as many of the Bliz devs have struck it rich (if not on a billionaire scale) and remained happy and productive by sticking to the work that got them there. This exact story, on a smaller scale, could have been about Max or Erich or David back in 1996 if they'd sold D1 to Bliz and cashed out.

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I always just say (jokingly) that I would have my own house build and then not a massive villa but more like a semi-villa.
Nice and a little expensive looking but practical and "normal sized" (still need a few big rooms for my dvd/blu-ray collection since it will go from ~500 to 5000. ;) )

I also read a story (years back) from some guy who won the powerball (?) lottery. He was broke X time later. Giving money to 'friends' and such.
I would never do that. Maybe my sister and such at best and if I were to lend money to someone I kinda know it would be on black and white and not a ton either. Then again I'm Dutch. ^^