Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, on his personal site.
I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.
I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.
It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.
It’s hard to say it’s not about the money when he’s riding off into the sunset with a billion plus dollar check. If what he says it’s true, I could suggest many worthwhile charities for him to donate to - and a place to upload the Minecraft source code to.