Microsoft banned the creator of Minecraft from the game’s 10th anniversary celebrations because of his anti-LGBTI comments.
The hugely popular video game turns 10 on 17 May. To celebrate, Microsoft are hosting a series of events, including a special event in Stockholm. Microsoft bought Minecraft and developer Mojang for $2.5 billion in 2014 from Marcus Persson – known as Notch.
However, the once-famous game developer has nearly been wiped from the history of his game due to a series of anti-LGBTI outbursts.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Variety: ‘His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.’
What has Notch said?
Most recently, Notch came under fire for a series of transphobic remarks on Twitter.
In response to a My Little Pony meme stating trans women are women, he replied saying they only ‘feel like they are’. He then compared trans identities to a mental illness.
In 2017, the billionaire also wrote: ‘If you’re against the concept of a #HeteroseuxalPrideDay, you’re a complete fucking cunt and deserve to be shot.’
He has since deleted the tweet.
He also replied to a comment saying ‘straight pride is 364 days of the year’ with ‘so is gay pride’.
In this same year he tweeted ‘It’s ok to be white,’ presumably without provocation.
Micrsoft promised the anniversary event will celebrate the ‘past, present and exciting future of the decade-old franchise’.
Minecraft is the second best-selling game in history, behind Tetris. There are 91 million monthly players.