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Notch has confirmed that Jens Bergensten (better known to the community as Jeb) will now be the Lead Developer for Minecraft, going forward. This gives Jeb final say in all design decisions, though Notch jokingly added that he made him "promise to not pull rank." Notch cites personal time and additional projects as reasons for his stepping down, but makes it a point to say that he will still be involved in Minecraft development.

Notch added that it was a "scary move, but I feel strangely confident. I guess we've worked close enough for long enough for me to feel confident about it. He's exactly what Minecraft needs right now. He's a bit more mod friendly than I am, and we need to embrace mods more."

Jeb commented on the situation as well, stating that he wasn't "sure when the idea came up the first time (from Notch), but it has been a few months now. We all knew that Notch was going to work on other things after release, so it kind of seemed natural for me to 'take over'."

Jeb's next step is to work on the mod API for Minecraft, a long-awaited feature for players and modders alike. He had the following to say on the API:

Jens Bergensten said:

Until January I will be the only developer on Minecraft, so things will have to be slow initially. But my absolute main priority now is to create a mod API, because there is no way in hell I will be able to add as much content as the whole internet can do. The game needs an API, so end users can obtain the mods without hassle. I'm not going to do it all by myself though. We have a new programmer beginning in January, and we are talking to existing mod API teams, such as Bukkit, Minecraft Forge, and Minecraft Coder Pack.
He went on to add that a release for the new API would likely be seen no sooner than March.

Notch and Jeb have collaborated on Minecraft development for over a year, and Notch has expressed the utmost confidence in his collaborator's capabilities. You can contact Jeb via e-mail (at [email protected]), or on Twitter.

Jeb was originally hired as Mojang's back-end developer. Over time, Jeb became increasingly involved in the development of Minecraft, and is now responsible for many well-known parts of the game. Having worked on features such as wolves, pistons and map structures (villages, strongholds and nether fortresses), he now takes his vision of Minecraft's future foward as the official head developer of the game. Congratulations, Jeb!
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:44 AM

i think that is kind of dumb but jeb is pretty good



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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:02 AM

Notch dont go i love you.



Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:48 AM

I'm looking for the new Jeb doll. The voodoo kind.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

What Notch did is probably best for Minecraft. Jeb has already shown what he is capable of in updates and now hopefully Notch will be able to work on some other awsome game/games.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:50 PM

[s]All i want to say is congrats Jeb to become the top developer of minecraft.We all know that Notch is awesome as hell and will always be but the problem was he was not doing much for minecraft compared to Jeb.I think it is very good for minecraft that Jeb would become the top developer because he would make MineCraft so much better![/s]
[s]So now its Jeb time![/s]
[s]I [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/meat.png[/img]  [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobcreeper.png[/img] [/s]

[s]Good luck MineCrafters![/s]
[s]sry if all this is crossed out theres a prob with my computer but all this is true :D[/s]



Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

good luck to you [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img]



Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:58 AM

It;s nice to see that the Bukkit team is now working for mojang a lot will get fixed and even more stuff like smelting, crafting, and items are to come. Hell who knows we may even get some staned glass (epic) with out needed a modded server/client and slopes as well



Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:45 AM

[quote name='KingCarolus' timestamp='1322850533' post='10755554']
Not playing Minecraft anymore.
So why do you even bother even post comments!!



Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:51 AM

notch is just tired? give the guy a rest! [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img] [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img]

if i were notch i would think new ideas for minecraft not make another game and make  another game  rot!!

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

In my opinion, no one will do as well as Notch, but Jeb will do a good job.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:37 PM

The first thing he did was add cats. Well, atleast it'll be more calm and relaxing.



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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:36 AM

[quote name='KingCarolus' timestamp='1322850533' post='10755554']
Not playing Minecraft anymore.
You realize Jeb pretty much took over Minecraft since 1.8....
Awesome Minecraft mod! clicky!

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:05 AM

But I'll miss Notch, Remember he's the founder of Minecraft the father of Mojang. XD



Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:43 AM

This was right after I bought minecraft and I didn't even know! Jeb is doing great!!!



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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:40 AM

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[/quote] Jeb will still keep the ender dragon because Minecraft needs a final boss.

And wow. Alot of people are hating on Jeb because now he's the lead developer on Minecraft. And people are saying Minecraft is dead. Screw you... I hope Jeb does a great job. [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:58 PM

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Jeb will still keep the ender dragon because Minecraft needs a final boss.

And wow. Alot of people are hating on Jeb because now he's the lead developer on Minecraft. And people are saying Minecraft is dead. Screw you... I hope Jeb does a great job. [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

He [u][b]WILL[/b][/u] do a great job, considering he has implemented most features into Minecraft since 1.8! There has already been a massive update (Minecraft 1.0) and that was basically made by Jeb, too. Jeb will definitely keep Minecraft living on, by chopping off the rotten chunks, and making sure that all other features are completely safe from being riddled with bugs (but Jeb, keep it in mind that your 'Jeb has fantastic hair!' splash, is completely. . . Yeah. . .).

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:26 AM

Notch, make scrolls and 0x10c quickly please



Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

Why is everyone getting so worked up about this? Notch is still going to make games! He is just no going to work on minecraft all that much. I mean the company is Mojang, they have to make other games instead of Minecraft. So in order for them to do that Notch must top working on Minecraft for awhile and work on other games like scrolls.



Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:42 AM

Notch still owns Mojang right? I mean, at least he gave Minecraft to someone I'm pretty sure most Minecrafters know, right?