Persson steps down as Minecraft lead

Markus "Notch" Persson, the charismatic head of Minecraft developer Mojang, is no longer lead developer on the game that made him a millionaire, after he passed the reins to Jens Bergensten.

Writing on his blog, Persson explains that the move means Bergensten "will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess.

"We've been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I'm amazed at how much in sync we two are when it comes to design the game. He's truly a great person to work with, and I feel very confident handing over the leadership of Minecraft to him."

Under Persson's stewardship, Minecraft sold more than four million copies before it was even out of beta, earning the studio almost £50 million in the process. And what next for Notch himself? "Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager," he writes. "I'll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project."