His staff surely believe he deserves it: In celebration of 5 million sales of Minecraft, Persson distributed $3 million of his 2011 Mojang dividends among his 25 employees.
That's about $120,000 a person, quite the year-end bonus.
"Before tax, my dividends from Mojang for 2011 was about three million dollars. I chose to distribute that to the other employees," Persson tweeted.
"Every single Mojangsta is a massive part of the reason Mojang is the best place on earth to work at right now," the Stockholm-based developer continued.
Mojang staff tweeted their reactions to the overwhelming generosity:
Lydia Winters, Mojang's director of fun — best job title ever — revealed she was "incredibly stunned."
Daniel Kaplan, business developer, admitted to crying "tears in shock and happiness."
Carl Manneh, Mojang "boss," just echoed what everyone else was thinking: Thanks to Persson, Mojang is "the best company in the world."