As we mentioned in an earlier story, Marcus Persson has a pretty pragmatic view of piracy, and a recent tweet confirms that attitude. When a Twitter follower asked the developer of Minecraft if he could get a free account to the game instead of resorting to piracy, Notch told him to simply pirate it. From Twitter:
@AndresLeay: @notch Hi notch, look, I really like the game but lack the money to buy it. I thought I might at least ask for a free account before piracy
@notch Markus Persson: @AndresLeay Just pirate it. If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then. Also don't forget to feel bad. 😉
It is moments like this that explain why Notch is so well respected and loved by the gaming community. It inspires us to go buy his games and to be loyal to his future endeavors. It also doesn't hurt that his first game offering is undeniably awesome.
One thing that should be noted: it’s not really piracy if the guy that owns the game gives you permission, but I hope whoever does pirate it pays Mojang at some point for their great work.