"Somehow, I felt that Minecraft was maybe my chance to create a Valve, rather than work at Valve."
creator Markus Persson recalls the job offer he received from Valve back in 2010.
As detailed in book "Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything", which has now been translated into English and excerpted by AllThingsDigital
, Persson had plenty of tough decisions to make around the time that Minecraft
began to explode.
His job interview at Valve included a programming exercise, meeting the various members of the Valve team including Gabe Newell and Robin Walker, and deciding whether to take the job.
In the end, the indie developer decided to turn the job offer down, as he felt that himself and Jakob Porser, soon to be one of Mojang's other co-founders, could make a good go of it themselves.
It's worth reading the extract to get a feel for how Persson handled his last year before Mojang. The full book can be found on Amazon.