Markus “Notch” Persson released the Minecraft
beta in 2010. Although he intended the world-building game as a fun side project, it quickly grew into an international phenomenon, enriching him to the tune of millions of dollars even before he sold the rights to Microsoft
for more than $2.5 billion
earlier this year. Although a 2013 biography of Persson
portrayed him as highly ambivalent about fame and wealth, he recently overcame that quandary long enough to purchase the most expensive house in Beverly Hills, California. The 23,000-square-foot estate cost $70 million, and features all the bells and whistles you’d expect: a screening room, a candy room, a 54-foot glass door that separates the interior of the house from the massive pool, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and a replica of James Dean’s motorcycle. You know, the small things in life. Following news of Persson’s new purchase, someone—perhaps inevitably—decided to recreate his new mega-mansion in Minecraft
, so that everybody can experience (at least in virtual, blocky form) what creating a revolutionary game and then selling it to a tech titan can buy you these days.
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