Minecraft Creator “Notch” Challenged to Quake 3 by a Pirate

    April 11, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Independent video game developers have a reputation for responding to and being involved in the communities that love their games. Perhaps no single developer embodies this more than Markus “Notch” Persson. Notch, along with others at Swedish developer Mojang, developed the hit indie title Minecraft. As today’s saga demonstrates, when interacting with the fans of your indie game, especially one that encourages users to create much of the game themselves, things get weird.

It started when Notch was made aware of a pirate who had set up a website distributing Minecraft for free. Notch sent the pirate a message requesting that the site be taken down. The pirate not only replied, but challenged Notch to a Quake 3 Arena deathmatch.

I emailed a guy handing out minecraft for free and asked him to take down the site. He challenged me to quake 3. THIS IS HAPPENING! 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Only an hour later Notch reported that the pirate had already taken the site down. In this tweet, “q3dm17” refers to a Quake 3 Arena deathmatch in the multiplayer arena called dm17.

What a great guy, he already took down the site. 😀 Also, he’s suggesting q3dm17! :-O 7 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Lest anyone still believe the challenge a joke, Notch then confirmed a date and time for the deathmatch. Notch will battle the pirate on Monday, April 16th at 1:00 pm EDT.

I may have to leave the internet for a few days suddenly for private reasons.. but if I don’t, q3 is happening monday 7 PM GMT+1 (noon CST) 6 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

In a Reddit thread discussing the event, Notch was slightly more specific about the challenge, saying, “We skyped about it and decided to do the match Monday 7PM GMT+1 (which is noon CST). 3v3, either q3dm6 if we want fun, or q3dm17 if we want insane.” It was in that same thread that Notch promised to live-stream the event.

Notch is currently working on a science fiction game titled 0x10c. That game will feature a fully-programmable 16-bit computer for every spaceship in the game. The graphics will be very simplistic, similar to Minecraft.

  • http://www.opticom.weebly.com jake

    I think its great that youre making him shut down the site, but dont you think that there should be minecraft for free I mean people dont want to pay 30 dollars just to play minecraft.

    • Cal

      I don’t think you understand the concept of paying for services. You just argued that everything should be free merely because some “people don’t want to pay.” That is not logical, nor is it fair to those who create the things you use.

    • guest

      im with jake on this one. 1.because i think Notch should make something cal F2P week were u get to sign up before it costs.

  • SomeDude

    Why wouldn’t people want to pay 30 dollars to play minecraft? It’s a good game and it’s good business to pay for what you use, isn’t it?

    • GuyJolly

      I’m with SomeDude. You can essentially play a demo on the site and there are plenty of videos showing you what you will get so if you like it, pay for it. Minecraft is easily the game I have spent the most time playing in the last few years, and it didn’t cost that much either.

    • guest

      well soemdud3 its a bad idea. 1. everybody is hating on notch witch i think is a little funny.2.Nobody wants to pay that much WHAT THE HELL? why should we pay 30 dollors its alot of money think about that!

  • Rodney

    I think Notch is a cool guy. Even when a pirate is illegally distributing his game *at a minor scale* Notch takes it as something not requiring a lawsuit just a friendly death match in quake 3 duel. not to mention Notch sees the pirate as a good person for taking it down with not problem. XD

  • jacob

    i agree, people should just buy the game, but what if some wants to try it out?

  • anonamoose

    aw man, there are many people around the world who want to play minecraft, Filipinos for instance

  • bob

    ITS NOT FAIR!!!!

  • http://googleminecraft joe65

    I tink notch is a lazy old s**t for f**king doing this to us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://googleminecraft zogo324675

    This was so unfair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://googleminecraft zogo324675

    How could Notch agrree to shut it down???

  • miniender

    Come on if u look at it dollars to hours you will end up spending less than 1 cent per hour eventually

  • http://www.Noobastic.com KosovoISSerbia

    Pirating is not stealing.It is sharing.I’m glad that Notch is not like a Bethesda or EA.He dealed with pirates how it is best.Notch winned