One of the most popular games in the world is “Minecraft.” It was created by a man named Markus Persson. He sold all of the rights for “Minecraft” to Microsoft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion. However, it would appear that Microsoft is slowly trying to distance itself from Persson. The reason people believe this to be the case concerns the splash text that appears on the main menu for the game. There are literally hundreds of jokes and phrases that appear randomly when a person is on the menu. Several of the splash text items pertain to Persson. It was recently discovered by “Minecraft” fans that all splash text items that mentioned Persson by name have been deleted.
Microsoft said in a statement recently that they would be changing the splash text. However, they did not reference exactly what changes would be made. The company has refused to comment on the deletion of Persson’s name from the splash text when they were contacted by the media. Interestingly, Persson’s name is still clearly listed in the game’s credits. However, this location is not as prominently displayed as the splash text.
There are many “Minecraft” fans who have speculated that Microsoft removed Persson’s name from the splash text for a couple of reasons. First of all, Persson has no direct involvement with “Minecraft.” He did not take a job to oversee the game when he sold it to Microsoft. Also, Persson has become very controversial over the past few years. He has sent out numerous tweets where he has been critical of race and gender. Therefore, it stands to reason that Microsoft would not want Persson’s name splashed over the menu of their multi-billion dollar game. It might be only a matter of time until Persson’s name is taken off the credits. However, that would be hard to do when you consider that the entire “Minecraft” game would not exist without him.
Microsoft has been marketing “Minecraft” as a game that is fun for the whole family. They want it to be an alternative to many of the more violent shooting games that have become very popular over the past several years. This is just one more reason why Persson’s name would be unwelcome. Microsoft is very aware of how many young and impressionable kids are fans of “Minecraft.” They do not want them to be influenced by the controversial opinions of Persson.