Gamespot reports that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson may have been voted as the second-most influential person in the world by TIME readers on its 2013 Top 100 list. He resides slightly behind Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, who grabbed the top spot, and is ahead of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. The poll is now closed, and the final list selected by TIME editors will be revealed next Thursday, April 18.
As of this writing, Mohamed Morsi landed 173,091 "Absolutely" votes and 220,907 "No Way" votes. Notch landed 156,694 "Absolutely" votes and only 18,964 "No Way" votes. Kim Dotcom managed to land 117,283 "Absolutely" votes and 16,288 "No Way" votes. The only other candidate landing a six-digit "Absolutely" vote was Arvind Kejriwal, an Indian politician and anti-corruption activist who founded the Aam Aadmi Party.
"Vote for Markus 'Notch' Persson in the #Time100 poll. He gave us the amazing world of #Minecraft & deserves to win," Kim Dotcom said via Twitter. The Mojang Team also did the same via Twitter, asking fans to "please take a second and vote @notch in the TIME 100 People of the Year." But with the poll now closed, it's up to the TIME editors.
Other names landing on TIME's top 100 list include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Gangnam Style artist Psy, Jackie Chan, Barack Obama, Ben Affleck, David Bowie, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Peter Jackson, Bill Clinton, and George Lucas among others. It's presumed that TIME editors will pick its Top 5 candidates based on their "Absolutely" to "No Way" ratio. If that's the case, Notch may have won the poll.
Here's good proof of Notch's inspiration: a replica of Star Trek: The Next Generation's USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D at a 1:6 ratio. Minecraft is definitely squeezing out the creative juices of millions.