Minecraft creator getting special award at BAFTAs

This year’s videogame BAFTAs are right around the corner and it’s been revealed that Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson is to receive the special award.

Persson’s contributions to the development community as well as his commitment to the groundbreaking indie success are what won him this year’s prize. He said of the announcement: “I’ve always considered the BAFTA Awards to be one of the most prestigious awards one can receive, and I was very happy when it expanded to cover video games in 1998.

“When I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled. Going to London to accept this award is going to be a very positive and interesting experience that I’m very much looking forward to.”

We’re as happy to see Notch get the award as anyone, though it is a little surprising given his relatively short time in development stardom; Minecraft‘s open beta launched in 2009 and was only fully released last year. Still, a very well done to one of the industry’s most iconic figures.