GameGate’s shadow is still evidently enough to make a former programmer blow up on Twitter.
Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, is known for being a prolific Twitter user, barely going an hour without hitting "send" on a tweet. But this time it looks like he’s gone off the deep end.
It all happened Sunday evening after being presented a tweet from Twitter user @Unburnt Witch:
@UnburntWitch was referring to the developer of an upcoming indie game, The Last Night.
Notch had some choice words in response, calling @UnburntWitch a word unfit for publication at this fine establishment.
From there a twitter firestorm started, with users coming to @UnburntWitch’s defense. Notch doubled down on his statements by firing back with heated words and ever more obscenities.
Eventually, it was revealed to him that @UnburntWitch is actually Zoe Quinn. You may remember Zoe as the unfortunate target of GamerGate’s abuse from our feature article on the subject. Still, Notch wasn’t backing down, and he followed up with this statement:
Notch’s stance on the controversy that struck the gaming community in 2014 has been difficult to pin down. On the one hand, he’s absolutely against the assaults and harassment on women that GamerGate followers committed. On the other, he’s been very outspoken in his belief that those speaking against GamerGate, so called Social Justice Warriors, are impractical and often outraged without real cause.
He seemed to clarify his stance on the controversy in a series of tweets following his outburst:
Notch’s rise to gamer stardom was a sudden move for the Swedish native. After creating Minecraft in 2009 the game quickly grew into a vast empire, appearing on nearly every console, phone, and computer operating system. However, Notch did not cope well with the stress of a rapidly expanding game franchise, having always been a humble programmer at heart. He would eventually sell his company, Mojang, as well as the Minecraft intellectual property for a total of $2.5 billion in 2014.
Since then he’s bought a super expensive house in Beverly Hills, done a whole bunch of tweeting, and not much else.
The tweetstorm is still raging, so if you’re looking for more info head on over to @notch. Be warned: the language used is most definitely not safe for work.