We’ve already talked about how the creator of Minecraft – Markus ‘Notch’ Persson – is a billionaire and is now just living it up in LA and casually outbidding Jay Z and Beyonce for mansions after the sale of his stock in the video game phenomenon, but now we’ve learned how the deal went down: via Twitter.
It seems like Notch was getting tired of the business side of the company and wanted a break, so he decided to send this tweet last year:
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Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.
— Markus Persson (@notch) June 17, 2014
We’re told that almost immediately after he sent it. Microsoft contacted the CEO of Mojang (Persson’s company) to find out if he was serious. This sparked a bidding war between Activision, Microsoft and Electronic Arts for Persson’s share of the company, which eventually results in the $1.6 billion payout he received from Microsoft after they assured him that none of his 40 members of staff would be laid off as part of the takeover.
What a guy, and what a payout from one tweet. I wish I could get that kind of payout from 140 characters.