Notch Turned Down A Job At Valve
Minecraft is absolutely huge, it’s one of the biggest indie games around and everybody loves Valve so would you be surprised to learn that Minecraft creator Notch turned down a job at Valve?
All Things D is running an excerpt from Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, a book originally written in Swedish in 2011 but whose English version has only just hit shelves. The chapter up on the site details a visit Minecraft’s creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, paid to Valve in 2010. One which could have had a massive impact on the gaming world.
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Back when Minecraft was just blowing up, Persson got a call from Valve to come over for a tour of their of their company office’s. He accepted – after demanding first-class tickets – and was flow to what quickly turned into a job interview.
While told that he was “not used to working in a group”, a Valve HR rep told Persson that he was a “gifted programmer”, and offered him a position with the company.
Describing it “as one of the hardest decisions of his life”, Persson said no.
“Somehow”, he says, “I felt that Minecraft was maybe my chance to create a Valve, rather than work at Valve.”
If you’re interested, be sure to check out more of it over at All Things D.