The Courier-Mail

Sad, lonely and worth $2.7 bil­lion

Minecraft founder shares angst on Twit­ter


IT’S of­fi­cial: money can’t buy you hap­pi­ness.

Just ask Minecraft founder and re­cent bil­lion­aire Markus Pers­son.

The Swedish cre­ator of the hugely pop­u­lar video game, which he sold to Mi­crosoft for $2.7 bil­lion last year, re­vealed his sad­ness in a se­ries of melan­cholic tweets on Satur­day.

It seems de­spite buy­ing a Bev­erly Hills man­sion for a whop­ping $98 mil­lion, which he equipped with an enor­mous candy wall and used to host wild par­ties, Pers­son, also known as Notch, is ac­tu­ally su­per bored and re­ally lonely.

His sad Twit­ter spree be­gan with this re­flec­tive up­date: “The prob­lem with get­ting ev­ery­thing is you run out of rea­sons to keep try­ing, and hu­man in­ter­ac­tion be­comes im­pos­si­ble due to im­bal­ance.”

He then said he was hang­ing out with friends in Ibiza and par­ty­ing with fa­mous peo­ple “able to do what­ever I want” but “I’ve never felt more iso­lated”. He con­tin­ued: “In swe­den (sic), I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and fam­i­lies to have time to do s---, watch­ing my re­flec­tion in the mon­i­tor.”

He also re­vealed his for­mer Minecraft co-work­ers “all hate me now”.

To make mat­ters worse, even his love life is in tat- ters. Pers­son said he met a “great girl” but “she’s afraid of me and my lifestyle and went with a nor­mal per­son in­stead”.

But af­ter ex­press­ing his sad­ness for an hour or so, which at­tracted plenty of love and kind words from many of his 2.5 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers, Pers­son be­gan to feel hope­ful again. While some users asked if his ac­count had been hacked, oth­ers urged him to use his piles of cash for good.

But the bil­lion­aire ul­ti­mately found so­lace in the ad­vice of other over­achiev­ers, and hav­ing a shower.

“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!” Pers­son tweeted.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the of­fers to hang and talk and all. As an in­tro­vert, new friends is hard to do even when fine.

“And just vent­ing and not feel­ing like I had to hide made it feel a bit eas­ier to cope with al­ready.”

Poor Pers­son’s Twit­ter out­pour­ings come a week af­ter a public spat with online mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice Spo­tify, say­ing he had dropped his sub­scrip­tion as a protest over the com­pany’s ask­ing users for ac­cess to their con­tacts and pho­to­graphs.

Pers­son told his fol­low­ers: “As a con­sumer, I’ve al­ways loved your ser­vice. You’re the rea­son I stopped pi­rat­ing mu­sic. Please con­sider not be­ing evil.”

Spo­tify chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Ek re­sponded di­rectly to him: “Have you read our blog? We ex­plic­itly will ask when us­ing cam­era or GPS.”

The Swedish group is fac­ing stiff com­pe­ti­tion from US ri­val Ap­ple.

Ap­ple Mu­sic was launched on June 30 af­ter the firm re­alised that mu­sic fans would in the fu­ture be more likely to choose stream­ing over down­loads.



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