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Markus 'Notch' Persson, Mojang CEO, Gives $3 Million To Employees

Posted: 03/02/12 06:01 PM ET  |  Updated: 03/03/12 11:17 AM ET

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Mojang CEO Markus 'Notch' Persson, pictured here at the 2011 Game Developers Conference

It's not always infuriating when employees take home extra cash. Unlike Wall Street bonuses, which have drawn widespread scorn from the public, news that tech CEO Markus 'Notch' Persson decided to give his employees an extra $3 million elicited a joyful reaction.

The Escapist reports that Persson, who heads Mojang, creators of the computer game "Minecraft," decided to distribute his stock dividends to his fellow "Mojangstas".

"Before tax, my dividends from Mojang for 2011 was about three million dollars. I chose to distribute that to the other employees," Persson announced on Twitter.

The CEO's generosity was greeted with joy and even tears from employees.

"Im already crying...tears in shock and happiness," Mojangsta Daniel Kaplan tweeted.

One poster on a Minecraft forum said they hope Persson's gesture will inspire others to mimic his kindness.

"... Perhaps, we can all look to this as an example of selfless generosity, and emulate it in kind," the poster wrote.

Photo by Flickr user Official GDC

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Filed by Simon McCormack  |