Upon selling his video game company to Microsoft at the young age of 35, you’d think Notch (aka Markus Persson) would be the happiest person in the world. Incorrect. The video game programmer-cum-billionaire reported on social media recently that his billions have made him miserable, and that he has “never felt more isolated”.
Mojang, the video game company behind Minecraft, was sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion (~£1.6 billion) back in 2014. After the company had been sold, founder Notch decided that it was time to leave and focus on more personal projects. One project being the purchase of a $70 million LA mansion, which he outbid Beyonce and Jay Z for.
Notch took to social media platform Twitter, which he has been very active on upon leaving Mojang, to explain his frustrations.
“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying.Human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance,” he said.
Notch goes on to say that neither money or the fame has made him happy. (We’d be more than happy to take some of that money off your hands Notch… *hint, hint*)
“Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated,” he said on Twitter.
“In Sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor,” he added. “When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.”
One Twitter user responded to Notch’s tweets, suggesting that he sell his mansion and return to real life. Notch responded by writing, “Nah, the mansion has a pool.” Not too unhappy then ‘eh Notch?
Notch also writes that others who have had similar “overnight success” have told him that his thoughts and feelings are normal.
“People who made sudden success are telling me this is normal and will pass. That’s good to know! I guess I’ll take a shower then!”
The honesty and openness of Notch’s tweets have also seen thousands of users send tweets and offers of support, which the gaming programmer said he appreciated.