In one of those rare gestures of generosity, the creator of Minecraft and head of gaming company Mojang Markus Persson, better known as Notch decided to distribute entire company profits to his employees.
This surprising move saw the entrepreneur hand out $3 million to his 25 employees with each receiving slightly less than $120,000.
He announced his decision on Twitter:
Before tax, my dividends from Mojang for 2011 was about three million dollars. I chose to distribute that to the other employees.
— Markus Persson (@notch) March 1, 2012
An employee tweeting in response to the windfall responded in gratitude by posting the following tweet:
Tonight at the 5M party @notch gave away all his dividends to the Mojang employees. Thanks to him, this is the best company in the world.
— Carl Manneh (@carlmanneh) February 29, 2012
The company has had major success in the past and Markus Persson is by no means cash strapped, but the generous dividend has by far topped any other acts of generosity that we have heard coming out of any tech company. Minecraft has raked in over $100 million since its release and boasts a user base in excess of 23 million registered users.