News "His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang," said Microsoft.
Notch has earned this year's Pioneer Award, while Fullerton is the recipient of the Ambassador Award.
Custom maps were never an intended feature of Minecraft, but it's not surprising that a game about creation would spark the ambition of its players.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is leaving Mojang, the studio he co-founded, following its acquisition by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. In a statement made to his blog, he explains why.
In what may be the most unexpected rumor of the year, Microsoft is reportedly close to completing a deal that will see it acquire Mojang AB, better known as the studio that makes Minecraft.