Sunday December 15, 2019

Minecraft whizzkids hit the mother lode

Derry software developer Jonathan Black and his company Blockception have hit the big time with their creative tools for the blockbuster game, writes Emmet Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

13th May, 2018
Jonathan Black of Blockception: ‘I decided that I didn’t want to work for anyone any more’ Picture: Pacemaker

A 21-year -old from Derry is making hay from Minecraft. Jonathan Black’s Blockception has taken the digital world by storm and is one of Ireland’s fastest growing software businesses.

A tool created by Black’s firm called Lost Civilisation was downloaded 850,000 times in a single day over the Christmas period, but the road to winning the market started out rather simply.

Black began working in software when he was 14...

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