Every <em>Minecraft</em> player's worst nightmare.

Every Minecraft player’s worst nightmare. (credit: Kyle Orland)

Blocky sandbox game Minecraft is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Microsoft is planning to celebrate with a press event at the Mojang studio in Stockholm on May 17. But according to Variety, one notable person won’t be there: Markus “Notch” Persson, who sold the game he created and the company he built to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

This is no accident. A Microsoft spokesperson told Variety that the reason for his exclusion is the “comments and opinions” Persson has expressed on Twitter, saying that they “do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang, and are not representative of Minecraft.”

Back in March, a number of references to Persson were removed from the game. Microsoft made no statement at the time, but it’s believed to be for the same reason.

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