03/26/2014 10:40 EDT | Updated 05/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Minecraft cancels Oculus deal, blaming Facebook purchase

The founder of the popular video game Minecraft says Facebook "creeps me out" and has cancelled a deal with virtual reality headset maker that was just bought by Facebook for $2 billion.

Markus Persson, who also goes by the alias "Notch," tweeted Tuesday afternoon that his Stockholm-based company Mojang Games had been in talks with Oculus about a possible version of Minecraft using its headset, Oculus Rift.

"I just cancelled that deal," he added. "Facebook creeps me out."

Minecraft is a hugely popular game available on PCs, consoles and mobile devices in which users can use blocks to build virtual worlds filled with landscapes, buildings, monsters and "anything you can imagine." Users can also play with each other over the internet. Since the game's launch in 2009, it has sold over 14 million copies. In 2012, the game reportedly earned Persson $100 million US.

In blog post Tuesday, Persson explained that he had visited Oculus's offices as a reward for backing them with $10,000 on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. There, he had spoken with the company about a "slimmed down version of Minecraft" for the Oculus.

"So I suggested that, and our people started talking to their people to see if something could be done," Persson wrote on his blog, "And then, not two weeks later, Facebook buys them."

Persson said Facebook's changes to its platform to build user numbers and a social experience for those users have made things difficult for developers of Facebook games.

"There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me," he added.

Persson also expressed displeasure about what the Oculus deal with Facebook means for his crowdfunding contribution.

"I did not chip in 10 grand to seed a first investment round to build value for a Facebook acquisition," he said.

Persson is not the only Oculus crowdfunding backer who feels that way. Others have turned to social media to express their displeasure, and some are cancelling their pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset.

Oculus raised $2.4 million in its 2012 Kickstarter campaign — almost 10 times its goal of $250,000. 

Persson wrote that despite his refusal to work with Facebook, he "definitely" wants to be "a part of VR." He noted that competitors to Oculus are emerging, and an "excellent" mod or modification of Minecraft called Minecrift already exists to let users experience the game in virtual reality.

CBC is trying to reach Facebook for a response to Persson's comments.