Marcus Persson ‘Worried’ About Mojang Growing, Losing Indie Spirit

Minecraft creator and Mojang co-founder Markus 'Notch' Persson said in a recent article on Develop that he worries about Mojang growing too big. If that were to happen he thinks that the company could lose the independent spirit it is known for. Persson also said that he did not want Mojang to work on what he called "super polished games," as those tend to require larger teams and bigger budgets.

Persson also revealed that the company has no middle management structure, which ultimately allows the staff to work on their chosen projects.

"I hope we can keep the spirit for as long as possible,” said Persson. "The atmosphere is usually very relaxed in the office, and we don't have any middle management or anything like that. I worry about growing, as that could change the mood to something else, so I want us to keep focusing on not making super polished games, as those require larger teams."

Mojang CEO Carl Manneh added that he had similar concerns about the studio's future and retaining that indie spirit that has made Mojang a household name.

"I hope we are still making great innovative games and having a lot of fun," he said. "We will probably be more people, depending on which projects we choose, but we do everything in our power to keep the ‘indie spirit' at the studio. Whatever that is."

The comments were part of a feature on Develop called "Mojang Uncovered," about the inner workings of the studio and included comments from Markus Persson, Daniel Kaplan, Carl Manneh, Jakob Porser and Markus Toivonen. You can read the entire thing here.

Source: Develop

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