Made 1.6 million euros in a month.
The computer nerd Markus Persson's home made game has become a success.
He made his own homemade game that he has made all by himself without any budget to speak of. And now the world is ready to pay for it. He has already earned about 1.6million euros in just a month.
He has bought himself a hat
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If Markus would have been a gangster rapper and would have released a cd with the theme "life in the ghetto". This would be the time that he would have bought him self a Hummer with a home theater system in the trunk. But Markus isn't a gangster rapper.
He's 31 years old nerd who have recently distributed a game that consists of looking for minerals in mines and hiding from square shaped anilmals. And the only thing he has bought is a new hat.
-Oh wait now I also bought a tablet for my computer! It costed 2000 euros and I don't use it. It is probably the most wasteful thing I've ever done. If I had thought about it I proably wouldn't have bought it.
It's hard to understand that he's a millionaier. The only slight indication is that he's got a shopping bag next to him, it's from low priced clothing store.
Marcus doesn't seem to understand it himself either.
-The feeling is surreal. You just walk around and all of a sudden you come to think of that Oh... I am.. Rich...
There's not really anything to compare Markus success with in the present world of gaming. He started with nothing more than an idea for a game, a computer and two hands. 1 and and a half year later "Minecraft" isn't even done yet. But it has 402 157 paying users who are just playing the alpha build of the game.
And it's played everywhere. At schools, workplaces and even at the American game studio Valve ( The guys behind the "Half life" series). Valve was so impressed that they flew him over to Seattle to recruit him.
-Valve are my idols. So I mostly walked around in awe. But it was really nice and I received a bunch of free games as well.
Even after this Markus refused their offer and is starting his own game studio. It's first objective is to finish up "Minecraft" and then start working on a new project.
Has become a youtube-phenomenon
"Minecraft I a game where the player wakes up on a randomly generated island where everything is made up by square shaped blocks. To survive on the island he has to use it's resources to construct various objects.
The gamers have realized that the constructing don't really have any boundaries and that you can construct other things than axes and doors. For instance you can build an exact replica of the "Star Trek"- space ship (The Enterprise) and working computers.
And that youtube movies of these constructions have become minor phenomenons has a lot to do with he success of Minecraft. It has helped to spread the word of this game. And provided a lot of free advertisement for a guy who had no budget to advertise his game.
"Minecraft" is a kick in the crotch to all the big game developers out there who are determined that you can only make money out of established game concepts. And a nice pat on the back for indie developers who hope to make a living of their games.
Sorry if there are any grammar/spelling errors since this was my first translation I doubt that it's perfect.