'Lonely' billionaire: I was having a bad day
The Local · 1 Sep 2015, 15:44
Published: 01 Sep 2015 13:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Sep 2015 15:44 GMT+02:00
- Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers (15 Sep 14)
- Minecraft maker buys Sweden's priciest flat (09 Jun 14)
- UK teacher challenges Swedes to Minecraft (04 Feb 13)
Last week Minecraft founder Markus Persson caught the attention of the world media when he published a series of tweets in which he said he felt isolated.
The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I've never felt more isolated.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015
Several of Persson's followers responded with messages of support, with several offering to meet with him and offering suggestions.
But while Persson was thankful for the support, he reacted angrily when his tweets made international headlines.
Journalism /ˈdʒəːn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ noun 1. Browsing twitter, speculating, and making up some shit. 2. (archaic) Accurately describing reality.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 31, 2015
fwiw, while there are articles about my depression because I had a bad day and vented on a trend I saw, I'm sitting here having a nice day.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 31, 2015
He suggested that people should focus their attention on those with "real problems".
To people out there with real problems: I'm sorry the whining of a newly wealthy programmer gets more attention than yours. Stay strong.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 31, 2015
When Persson's backlash in turn made headlines he once again took to the social network to vent his frustration.
Also, I think people are reporting on me complaining about them reporting about my tweets now. Wow. Report on Trump being a loon instead.— Markus Persson (@notch) August 31, 2015
Persson’s comments come almost a year after the computer programmer sold Mojang, the Swedish company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor).
Speaking at the time, the Persson, also known as Notch in the gaming community, explained that he wasn't into game-making for the fame.
"I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world," he wrote in a statement.
"I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand," he added. "I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
Persson added that he plans to go back to conducting small web experiments.
"If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately," he wrote, adding that the sale wasn't about the money, rather about his sanity.
Last December the billionaire reportedly outbid the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce with his half billion kronor offer ($70 million) for a 2,000-square-metre Beverly Hills mansion.