False assumptions are leading to bad web legislation, says Minecraft boss
Minecraft creator Markus Notch Persson has told PC Gamer that piracy does not cost developers any income.
The Mojang founder told an audience at GDC, “If someone copies your game a trillion times, you won’t have lost a single cent. Some people are using that to ruin the internet.”
Notch is most likely referring to the controversial US bill SOPA, which was stalking the industry only a few months ago. While the intent was to combat piracy, the ramifications of the bill were seen to be dire to internet freedom, and it was eventually stalled.
Notch has previous experience in underlining the fact that people who pirate games where unlikely to buy it anyway, unlike the vast majority of the mainstream publishers and developers, often with disastrous results. He also once told a fan who had asked for a free Minecraft account, citing poverty, to “just pirate it. If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then. Also don’t forget to feel bad. ”
Notch also told the GDC, “I still think piracy is wrong, but the the level of wrong of me calling my friend an idiot. It’s wrong but it’s such a minor thing. It’s ridiculously small.”