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Minecraft creator honoured

BAFTA award for indie developer.

Markus ‘Notch' Persson is to be honoured at this years GAME British Academy Video Games Awards, which take place on March 16.

The special BAFTA award is in recognition of Notch's creative contribution to the industry, with Minecraft highlighted as a standout accomplishment in his career.

Minecraft has garnered a huge following since its release. With over 16 million registered users, the game has made Mojang Specifications (Persson's studio) a cool £62 million GBP.

Persson said: "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."

The award ceremony is set to take place on March 16 at the London Hilton, and will be hosted by comedian and gamer Dara O'Briain. For more information on the event, including the full list of this year's nominees, you can visit here.