Microsoft have officially confirmed that Minecraft creator Notch will not be a part of Minecraft's 10-year anniversary event plans because of his controversial comments and opinions, which do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang.
Earlier this year, Microsoft distanced themselves from the Minecraft creator Markus Persson, better known as Notch by silently removing references to the controversial developer in one of the game updates.
At that time, Microsoft did not explain why the update removed messages "Made by Notch" and "The Work of Notch!" from the game's splash screens but judging by the latest comments from the tech giant, it looks like Notch's political views are one of the reasons.
According to a report in Variety, Microsoft have officially confirmed that Persson won’t be part of Minecraft's 10-year anniversary event that is scheduled for 17 May 2019. This decision has been made because of Persson's "comments and opinions" that apparently do not reflect those of Microsoft of Mojang, and are not representative of Minecraft, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed.
The report does not mention which comments and opinions these were or if Notch shared them before or after he sold the rights, only that they find them unacceptable and something that they don't want to be related with.
Microsoft also made it clear that Notch hasn't been involved with Minecraft development since he sold the rights to tech giant back in 2014 for $2.5 billion.
As for the 10-year anniversary event, it will take place at Minecraft studio Mojang in Stockholm where Minecraft's "past, present and exciting future" will be presented to the visitors but Notch will not be part of it.
As you may know, Notch was once a prominent and respected member of the game development community, but some of his controversial comments on politics certainly didn't help him. Despite everything, Notch is still one of the most popular game developers in the world with 3.7 million followers on Twitter.