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Notch Gives $3 Million to Mojang Employees


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#1

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

You read it right - Instead of pocketing his sizable dividends, Markus "Notch" Persson distributed nearly 3 million dollars to fellow Mojang employees!  He stated that his fellow employees (often referred to as "Mojangstas") are "a massive part of the reason Mojang is the best place on earth to work at right now."  There are 25 employees working at Mojang - you see can see them all right here!

Since launch, Minecraft has generated approximately $100 million in revenue, covering the spectrum of Alpha, Beta and Full Release sales for the PC version of the game, as well as the highly popular Pocket Edition, which is currently available for Android and iOS handsets.  The XBox Live Arcade version of the indie blockbuster is expected to see release this year - and if the popularity of the PC and handheld game are any indication, this figure is likely to rise dramatically.

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For those of you curious what a "dividend" means in everyday terms, it is basically a form of payment made by a corporation (paid regularly, typically quarterly) to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).  For Notch, this means "money paid to him by Mojang as a shareholder".  So, Notch has taken the available dividends paid to him for the fiscal year of 2011, and distributed them among his fellow staff members, rather than take it home himself.

It is truly moving in this day and age to see such generosity from one man, especially one as successful as Notch.  That a single gesture can even move a fellow co-worker to tears speaks volumes about the impact his offering has had on his teammates - perhaps, we can all look to this as an example of selfless generosity, and emulate it in kind.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:36 PM

Wow. That's a lot of money. [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/steve_shocked.gif[/img]
Stop inspecting my post so closely.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:38 PM

I have disagreed with some things with Notch in the past, but this guy now has my utmost respect... kudos to you my man, karma will undoubtedly be very good for you in the future...
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:40 PM

Wow. Very impressive.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:40 PM

i wanna work at mojang now.

too bad i can't program not even a potato :( but ah well, the "mojangsta" really deserves it. way to go, Notch! way to go.
if i behave weird in my post; it's not that i am weird actually. I like to pretend being weird just for the satisfaction of me and to make the community feel more normal. herpy herpy derp. btw, comic sans.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:43 PM

Wow, just wow.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:46 PM

Each person gets 120,000$

3,000,000 / 25 employees = 120,000

HOLY CASHCOW!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:48 PM

*sigh* I wish more people were as generous... I'm going to be at -$100,000+ by the time I graduate with my BAA.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

Notch is an overall nice guy you can tell from the way he talks and acts in interviews, there's nothing very scripted about him like you see with other big time creators. Part of the appeal of Mojangs games is that the creators and all their employees are real people, they arnt faceless like with most places, they dont hide. They talk with us like regular people through social media.

The Mojang team deserved the bonus Notch gave them, and Notch is a good man for giving it!

We need better chat! See my Suggestion:

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

I hope my boss sees this.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

COME BACK AS HEAD DEVELOPER NOTCH. WE MISS YOU
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

Heh Mojangsta :P Anyways way to go Notch! :D
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

Its official, notch has surpassed god level, I think he may be Chuck Norris in disguise
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#14

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:58 PM

Hey Notch....DIAMOND TO YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Good show man, it's good to see someone who is so kind in a competitive industry

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:59 PM

Hey notch, you got any spare change?[url="http://www.minecraftforum.net/index.php?&app=forums&module=extras&section=legends#"][img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/steve_wink.gif[/img][/url]
gg.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:03 AM

This just inspired me to be a game developer [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/mobnotch.png[/img]

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:07 AM

I know Jeb and Jon (although still new) really deserve the money for all the hard work they put into the game since they took over for Notch! :)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:08 AM

After hearing about how many ways the BIG game companies like EA and Activision find to screw their employees, this really makes a refreshing change.


Respect, Notch!
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:16 AM

i have to admit that shows character, so many companies and people out there are just plain greedy, they screw you left and right just for a damn buck.

my utmost respect to notch and mohjang, we need more companies like this.

i'm glad i choose to check this game out back in alpha, it's backed by a decent company for once.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:17 AM

U earn what you deserve :) Awsome suggesture.