After 20 million sold Minecraft games, here is finally the book that brings you behind the scene with Markus "Notch" Persson and his studio Mojang. In just three years Notch has emerged from total obscurity to world fame and ridiculous riches, on the way changing the indie game scene and how the gaming industry works. But Minecraft is not only a phenomenon in the gaming world; it is also becoming a tool for education all the way from USA to Kuwait, while the UN is using it to change hundreds of slums in the world's poorest megacities. 2012 is a game changing year for Mojang, and this book brings you along for the ride.
Seasoned Swedish gaming journalist Thomas Arnroth spent 2012 following Markus Persson, Jens Bergensten, Carl Manneh and the others at Mojang, the studio that made Minecraft, the gaming world's most talked about game.
Arnroth is one of Sweden’s most well known and reputed video game journalists, writing for some of the nation's most prominent papers and newswires. He also works as a video game critic and video game expert for Swedish national TV. He has covered video games and the video game industry since the mid 90's. During 2012 he more or less worked as an embedded journalist at Mojang, getting access to information that no one outside Mojang has known before and doing hours of interviews with Markus Persson and the others.
The result is a gripping and entertaining story about how the shy and nerdy can become a new kind of super stars in the age of video games. It gives a fresh, interesting and personal view on how the gaming world works. It is a smart read both for the fan, the gamer and anyone who simply wants to understand a bit more of the phenomenon Minecraft, its creators and the games that are changing the world.
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