Mojang has made a subtle but powerful gesture of appreciation on the Launch Screen of one of its latest releases of Minecraft: Java Edition. As Twitter use @TGGtheStickBoy aptly points out below, the crown on the pig is a nod to Technoblade, a beloved Minecraft streamer who died of cancer June 30. He was 23.
Technoblade was beloved by his parents, siblings, and over 13 million of his YouTube subscribers. During his life, he reached millions of Minecraft fans through his content online, spreading positivity while doing what he loved. In the last few days, fans, other YouTubers, and even Mojang itself have taken to social media to pay homage to the passionate creator that touched so many.
In a final message to his followers and fans read by his father, titled "so long nerds," Technoblade reveals his real name, and apologizes for "selling out so much in the past year." The message goes on to say that the money he raised on his YouTube channel by selling merchandise and subscriptions will go towards paying for his siblings' higher education, "if they want to [attend], I want to put any dead brother peer pressure on them."
The video has 55 million views at the time of writing.
It's unclear how long Mojang intends to keep its tribute to Technoblade live in-game.