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It is now 11 years since the release of Minecraft and in honor of this event I would like to tell the story of its creation.

Minecraft is a game developed by one man, Markus “Notch” Persson. In total, from the first development to release, he spent two years on it.

Wurm Online

Minecraft’s first premise was Wurm Online while working at Midasplayer (later King). His company was prohibited from engaging in commercial projects. Therefore, in general, the company was not too happy with his hobby (developing his own games), which is why he subsequently left the company for jAlbum in 2009.

And Markus was essentially tired of making Wurm Online and abandoned it (the game has changed a lot at the moment, since Markus did not develop it alone and the project continued to live).


RubyDung was inspired by three games:

  • Dwarf Fortress – the whole main idea and mechanics were based on this game, which he wanted to transfer to isometry.
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon – the developer was very inspired by the construction system in this game.
  • Dungeon Keeper – this is where he wanted to borrow the idea of ​​dungeons.

He actively developed this RubyDung in 2009. It’s difficult to name any exact dates, or even talk about the game, because essentially these were prototypes.

Passion for the game Infiniminer

Infiniminer greatly influenced the look of Minecraft and its gameplay, more than any other game (just look at the screenshot to understand how much). In fact, from the moment he met this game, Marcus wanted to make a copy of it, but with RPG and survival elements.


The first version that was released was called Cave Game and was described by the developer himself as follows:

“The main inspiration is Infiniminer, but from a gameplay perspective it will be more similar to Dwarf Fortress. =)”.

Later, Marcus, discussing his game with players on the forum, decided to rename it and the first name was Minecraft: Order of the Stone (a parody of WarCraft and the comic book The Order of the Stick), but later he removed the postscript.

In the first version of the game there were only 2 types of blocks, but a month later Marcus increased their number to 6, added lava and water, as well as their physics, lighting, and a month later multiplayer appeared in the game. The game developed very rapidly, during development the Mojang company was founded by Marcus, and the game’s release was not long in coming and was on November 18, 2011.

Acquisition by Microsoft

On September 15, 2014, Microsoft bought Mojang for $2.5 billion. The deal came after Persson posted on Twitter, where he offered to buy his game. The post was not long in coming and many offers followed, including companies such as Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts. The deal with Microsoft took place on November 6, 2014, making Persson a billionaire according to Forbes.

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