Minecraft Creator Notch Brings Home a BAFTA

notch-portraitBAFTA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has awarded Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson a BAFTA Special Award this year for his work on the wildly successful indie game Minecraft. Programmed single-handedly by Notch  (at least until very late in development) and sold before it was completed in an Alpha test state, Minecraft has gone on to become an gaming phenomenon and created an entirely new business model. Minecraft has gone on to sell over five million copies to date and Notch’s newly minted company, Mojang, is now a publisher in its own right.

BAFTA Special Awards honor “those who has made a significant contribution to their sector and may not otherwise have received the recognition they deserve.” Previous winners include Ridley Scott, Kodak, BBC, The Jim Henson Company, and Rockstar Games.