Persson Hands Minecraft Lead To Jens Bergensten

By Patrick Molloy on December 2, 2011, 12:26PM EDT

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson revealed today that he has stepped down from his role as lead developer on the hit indie title, and Mojang partner Jens Bergensten is now the lead on the game.

The game, which has been in development for more than two years, was finally released last month. Persson has now moved on to develop a new project as part of his Mojang studio, and handed the Minecraft reins to Bergensten.

"[It's a] scary move, but I feel strangely confident," Persson says. "I guess we've worked close enough for long enough for me to feel confident about it."

"He's exactly what Minecraft needs right now. He's a bit more mod friendly than I am, and we need to embrace mods more."

Persson admitted that handing the game over wasn't an easy decision to make. "Yes, it was [tough]... not to hand it to him - he's the perfect match - but just reaching the decision. It's my baby, after all!"

Source: CVG

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