Minecraft masterminds Markus 'Notch' Persson and Jens Bergenstein are among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. An introduction praising the developers was penned by SimCity designer Will Wright.
"In Minecraft you use your imagination to create whatever you want," wrote Wright in the Time magazine piece. "It might be a story, it might be a machine, it might be some interesting place where you can go and play. But whatever it is, it's a reflection of you and your intention and your creativity." Wright compared Minecraft's design to Lego, and he added that the game is, "introducing a whole new generation of kids to computer programming."
Persson created Mojang in 2010 to develop the sandbox title, with Bergensten later entering the fold as a programmer and designer. A Time 100 poll conducted this month in which readers were asked to vote for who they think were the most influential had Persson clocking in at number two. In comparison, President Barack Obama charted at 12, with musician David Bowie coming in at 20.