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Microsoft Exclude’s Minecraft Creator from 10th Anniversary Event

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Microsoft is hosting a ten year celebration event on May 17 for seminal game Minecraft. A spokesperson from Microsoft told Variety that Markus “Notch” Persson, the original creator of Minecraft and founder of game studio Mojang, has been purposefully excluded from the event due to his past comments. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” the spokesperson told Variety.

Persson famously sold Mojang and Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. He has not been actively involved in the game’s development since.

In the past several years, Persson, who currently has 3.7 million twitter followers, has broadcasted several controversial and frankly abhorrent opinions and views regarding politics, race, gender, and sexuality, and even full-blown conspiracy theories.

The most recent Minecraft update quietly removed any mention of Notch in the loading screens, though his name is still present in the credits as the original creator. Many fans of Minecraft, upset with Notch’s behavior, have elevated digitally-created vocal artist Hatsune Miku as the creator of Minecraft, thanks to a viral tweet.

Minecraft was originally released in 2011. To this day it’s one of the most popular games of all time, especially for younger kids and teens. It’s the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris. As of last year Minecraft boasted over 90 million active players.

Minecraft is available on every console and platform, and is even used as a teaching tool in schools.

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Minecraft-like MMO Trove Reaches 15 Million Players

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Trion Worlds has announced that its free-to-play, voxel-powered MMO Trove has surpassed 15 million players worldwide.

“Trove has been a labor of love for us here at Trion,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “The team has been pouring their hearts and souls into the game since 2013, and we couldn’t be more proud of them in hitting this milestone. We have a lot of awesome in store for Trove, and we want to thank the community for taking the ride with us. We owe it all to you!”

Trion Worlds has been tracking various stats since the game’s launch, and compiled some fun statistics below:

  • 6,584,382,807 Blocks Placed
  • 10,234,600,287 Blocks Destroyed
  • 237,203,112 Quests Completed
  • 4,520,061 Dragon Mounts Unlocked
  • 352,837,481 Clubs Entered
  • 119,881,221 Piñata Parties Thrown
  • 161,977,123.98 Lifetime Hours Across All Players
  • 18,490.54 Lifetime Years Across All Players
  • 184.91 Lifetime Centuries Across All Players

Trove’s open beta began in 2014, and launched on PC in 2015. It arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One late 2016 and expanded to China last year. It’s coming to Japan this year and is currently available in eight different languages, with more on the way.

Trion Worlds has teased large content updates coming in 2018, including one that will “change the Trove universe in an enormous way that no one will expect.”

Trove is free to download and play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and TroveGame.com. It’s rated E for Everyone.