Bergensten at MineCon 2011
|Born|| 18 May 1979 |
|Other names||Jeb, jeb_|
|Known for||Lead designer of Minecraft|
|Spouse(s)||Jenny Thornell (m. 2013)|
Jens "Jeb" Bergenstenis a Swedish video game designer. Since December 2010, he has worked for the video game developer Mojang as a programmer and game designer. He became the lead designer and lead developer of the indie sandbox game Minecraft , after Markus "Notch" Persson stepped down from his position in December 2011. He is known by his in-game name "jeb_".
Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million has a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.
Mojang AB is a Swedish video game developer based in Stockholm. The company was founded as Mojang Specifications in 2009 by Markus Persson, and transformed into Mojang AB in 2010 with Jakob Porsér. Mojang is best known for creating Minecraft, one of the best-selling video games of all time. In November 2014, Mojang became part of Microsoft Studios.
In video games, an open world is a virtual world in which the player can explore and approach objectives freely, as opposed to a world with more linear gameplay. While games have used open-world designs since the 1980s, the implementation in Grand Theft Auto III (2001) set a standard that has been used since.
Bergensten started programming his first games at age 11 using BASIC and Turbo Pascal.By age 21, he was a mapper and modder for the first-person shooter Quake III Arena . Later he worked as a C++ and Java programmer for the game developer Korkeken Interactive Studio, which went bankrupt and became Oblivion Entertainment. During that time he led the development for the online role-playing game Whispers in Akarra, which he later discontinued after straying from the team's original creative vision for the project.
BASIC is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use. In 1964, John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz designed the original BASIC language at Dartmouth College. They wanted to enable students in fields other than science and mathematics to use computers. At the time, nearly all use of computers required writing custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians tended to learn.
Turbo Pascal is a software development system that includes a compiler and an integrated development environment (IDE) for the Pascal programming language running on CP/M, CP/M-86, and MS-DOS. It was originally developed by Anders Hejlsberg at Borland, and was notable for its extremely fast compiling times. Turbo Pascal, and the later but similar Turbo C, made Borland a leader in PC-based development.
A level, map, area, stage, world, track, board, floor, zone, phase, mission, episode, or course in a video game is the total space available to the player during the course of completing a discrete objective. Video game levels generally have progressively increasing difficulty to appeal to players with different skill levels. Each level presents new content and challenges to keep player's interest high. The use of levels in video games dates back to Namco's shoot 'em up Galaxian, released in 1979 during the golden age of video arcade games.
After the insolvency of Oblivion, Bergensten moved to Malmö and earned a master's degree in computer science at Malmö University in 2008.During his studies he founded the indie game development company, Oxeye Game Studio, along with Daniel Brynolf and Pontus Hammarber. The studio became known for the platform game Cobalt and the real-time strategy game Harvest: Massive Encounter .
Malmö is the largest city of the Swedish county of Skåne County, the third-largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, and the sixth-largest city in Scandinavia, with a population of 312,012 inhabitants in 2017 out of a municipal total of 338,230. The Malmö Metropolitan Region is home to over 700,000 people, and the Øresund Region, which includes Malmö, is home to 4 million people.
Malmö University is a Swedish university located in Malmö, Sweden. With more than 24,000 students and about 1,600 employees, Malmö University is the ninth largest institute of learning in Sweden. It has exchange agreements with more than 240 partner universities around the world and roughly a third of the students have an international background. Education at Malmö University focuses on, among other things, migration, international relations, political science, sustainability, urban studies, and new media and technology. It often includes elements of internship and project work in close cooperation with external partners.
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Until November 24, 2010, Bergensten worked for the online knowledge community, Planeto.
Bergensten was originally hired as Mojang's backend developer for Scrolls , but began programming more and more significant parts of Minecraft until he took over its development completely on December 1, 2011, after Markus Persson stepped down from this position.Bergensten was part of the team that developed Catacomb Snatch as part of the Humble Bundle Mojam event where game developers create a game from scratch in 60 hours. He has also attended many Game jams with Mojang.
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On May 11, 2013, Bergensten married Jenny Bergensten (née Thornell).
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