Gamasutra Lies About Minecraft Creator To Push Harassment Narrative
(Last Updated On: November 16, 2016)

A Gamasutra news piece by Katherine Cross attempted to paint Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft in a negative light as inciting harassment against a woman, developer Jennifer Scheurle. They retell a tale about Scheurle apparently being “attacked” by Notch’s followers from a tweet he sent her, only the tweet they attribute to Notch wasn’t the tweet he sent to Scheurle.

The piece was published on November 14th, 2016. It was yet another article about harassment in the gaming industry. However, one of the examples that Cross uses in the article, is undermined by the fact that the facts don’t line up.

Cross wrote in the piece…

“Jennifer Schuerle’s remarks were, on the whole, more searing, as she had never spoken about her own experience of online harassment in public before a physical audience before.


[…] “She’d posted a funny image of a statue that she’d dubbed “Mansplaining: the statue.” As the tweet blew up, it caught the attention of Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft and, of late, Twitter edgelord. He attacked Scheurle to his 4 million followers and mocked her by saying she was “cuntsplaining.” This would sire a weeks-long flood of rape and death threats that left Scheurle frightened and adrift. She said she was continuing to “feel isolated and disconnected from the people I love.”

Kotaku in Action user B-Volleyball-Ready pointed out that Notch never said what the article claims he said.

It turns out that Markus “Notch” Persson never “attacked” Scheurle with the language that the article claims. In fact, you can see the response tweet he made to Scheurle back on May 21st, 2016.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Notch did, however, make a tweet using the epithet that was mentioned in the Gamasutra piece, but it wasn’t toward Scheurle, it was toward a completely different person.

A Twitter user named MancZombie posted the following tweet, and Notch responded to it — the tweets have since been deleted — on May 22nd, 2016.

So the Gamasutra piece is referencing deleted tweets made a day later to a different person.

Even more than that they’re attributing completely different tweets under different contextual purposes toward a completely different person.

It spread quickly around by normal people that the article was incorrect in its labeling of Markus “Notch” Persson for having attacked Scheurle, but at the time of publishing this article the Gamasutra article has not been updated to reflect the inaccuracy.

“Game journalists” like Andy chalk from PC Gamer were quick to condemn Notch based on the misinformation.

Notch has since shrugged off the attack on his character that turned out not to be true.

I was unable to reach out to Katherine Cross to suggest corrections because she has me blocked on Twitter.

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  • RockstarRepublic

    Too much disdainful femsplaining going on.

  • dirtysteve

    Any fool site that publishes Kross needs to understand that she’s a viper that will turn on them.
    Same as any SJW.

  • durka durka

    Looks at the profile pic.

    “witter edgelord. He attacked Scheurle to his 4 million followers ”

    Yeah are there any people left that take these twats seriously aside form themselves?

  • blackballs

    Feminism is a cancer.

  • C G Saturation

    Gamasutra is ultra cuck feminist land. It’s run by some of the biggest SJWs on the planet. You should see how full of shit the comments are on there. They tear you to shreds if you don’t bend over and take their bullshit agenda up the ass and like it. Ironic for a site whose name is likely inspired by the “Kamasutra”.

    • Alistair

      I think i go overthere and start shitposting. We need balance in the world.

      No one got the right to be just one sided. That not how it works.

      • C G Saturation

        I remember a few decades back, when friends kept telling me about Gamasutra being a good site for devs. Didn’t look into it much initially, but some years later, I was sifting through their articles and comments, and saw lots of feminist/SJW echo chamber nonsense. Anyone who disagreed got ripped apart.

        Maybe a year or so after that, GamerGate happened. Wasn’t surprising to see Gamasutra leaping at the opportunity to push more lies. If I recall correctly, SJW heavyweights like Leigh Alexander are big contributors over there.

        It really sucks if you want to get into tech stuff and learn tricks of pros, but they won’t let you near them unless you bend over and take SJW agenda up the ass. Thanks to Soros intentionally pushing his agenda onto tech/gaming fields, no doubt.

  • Laytonaster

    It’s no surprise they’re still pushing the narrative: Trump won despite the endless media blitz and the media’s prostration to Clinton meant absolutely butt-fuck nothing. They’re trying to attain any semblance of a “higher ground” they think they can get.
    Safe to say that I don’t think any of them have ever heard of Albert Einstein.

  • anopolis

    well…another news site with “journalists” pushing a bullshit agenda??? NOoooooo couldn’t be!..I’m glad the tide is starting to turn a bit. BUT hot damn why do we put up with this shit? I remember when it first went down.. I thought the cuntsplaining was pretty witty, a good come back. then she went and got her panties in a twist!!..I would join twitter just to tell her she sucks..but I don’t care enough more story like this…straight up more, and i’m going into full give a damn. I shall start emailing everyone who acts as a dipshit, i’ll start with an email to myself so i don’t miss any dipshits.

    • “BUT hot damn why do we put up with this shit?”

      We don’t.

      The problem is SJWs have control of the mainstream games media and news media, so they have the biggest and most influential institutions megaphoning their propaganda. Unfortunately, normies, newcomers, publishers and developers listen to them.

      And then there’s also the problem of white knights, manginas, male feminists, betas and cucks…

      • C G Saturation

        All part of Soros’ plan. None of those people will wake up until they destroy themselves. Just sucks we have to get pulled down together with them.

        I think the sane of us are keeping them afloat, really. Otherwise they would have self-imploded a long time ago. Look at countries with a high ratio of SJW. They are about to collapse.

        That’s because SJWs fundamentally deny reality. It’s simple logic that one cannot exist in reality by completely denying it.

    • Cats736

      >well…another news site with “journalists” pushing a bullshit agenda???

      They posted the “Gamers don’t have to be your audience. Gamers are over.” article, they’ve been pushing bullshit for some time now.

    • C G Saturation

      Gamasutra is an old dev community news site. They’ve been around for decades, but they got taken over by SJWs a few years ago (AFAIK) and have been force-feeding feminist agenda with an iron fist ever since.