Early this afternoon, there was a kerfuffle about on Twitter. Markus Persson, otherwise known as Notch and famous creator of Minecraft, recently tweeted about a pair of community members and their behavior at Minecon, last weekend’s Minecraft celebratory convention.
These community members are better known as The Yogscast, a group on YouTube that create videos based in and around Minecraft and its community. They’ve had unprecedented success in their pursuits over the past two years. Notch has stated that he will no longer be working with the group.
In the aforementioned tweets, Notch mentions that he’s received multiple pairings of hate mail, threats, and harsh words from Yogscast fans, to which he replied, “I’ll stop biting my tongue now.” He went on to state that the members of Yogscast were repeatedly insulting people, talking behind their backs, and acting like “total spoiled divas nonstop” during the entirety of Minecon.
Additionally, Notch infers that the same individuals called him and his team at Mojang “a bunch of nerds who don’t know how to run a company”, and demanded that they be paid. According to Notch, no one else was paid.
He went on to mention that Yogscast members claimed that they’re the reason behind the success of Minecraft, and that they should be thanked more than anyone else. Notch also mentioned that the group “dropped the f-bomb” on a kid who wanted a signature and wrote “fuck you” on the page the kid wanted signed.
To quote Notch directly:
“They’re total dicks.”
Coming straight out of Minecon, this is not exactly good PR for Mojang or The Yogscast. At this point, The Yogscast has yet to fire back with either a public statement, apology, or explanation on their end, except for one lone facebook post. Though, we have no idea if these accusations are entirely truthful.
However, a user has come about on Reddit discussing his experience with The Yogscast members.
Whatever the case may be, it certainly dampens what was otherwise considered a successful launch for Minecraft, and a celebration for its ever growing community.
We’ll update you more here as it happens.