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Minecraft Founders: 'We are Living the Dream'

April 16, 2013

"An exit would be huge, but do we really need that money?"

Money is far from everything in life. Sometimes, playing video games is more important. At least for the Swedish founders of Majong, maker of mega-popular video game Minecraft.

The studio brought in just under $100 million in profits in 2012, according to international gaming media. That's a lot for a 25-people firm.

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has also claimed the second position in Time Magazine's "2013 Time 100 Poll", making him the 2nd most influential person in the world.

A couple of months ago, Notch revealed in a Reddit post that he grew up relatively poor.

"Now, all of the sudden, as a result of how modern society works, I managed to somehow earn a (crap)-ton of money," he wrote. "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."

Carl Manneh, CEO of Mojang, told Reuters that they constantly turn investors offers down in order to remaining independent.

"We are living the dream, really," Manneh told the newswire. "An exit would be huge, but do we really need that money? In our case, we have the cash flow. We have more money than we need."

"We've always felt that the independence we have is one of our core strengths. We can take decisions by going into a room and in 15 minutes we're done. We try to be extremely agile, to release games quickly."

Source: (c)2013 The Swedish Wire (Stockholm, Sweden). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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