On June 30, Minecraft streamer and YouTuber Alex Technoblade died of cancer at the age of 23. Condolences poured in, including from developer Mojang, who also added a more subtle but sweet tribute to the streamer in Minecraft itself.
As Fortnite insider iFireMonkey noted and shared on Twitter, the header image in the Minecraft launcher has been slightly altered since Technoblade’s sad demise on Thursday. There has always been a pig in the top right corner of the launcher image, but now the crown is the avatar of Technoblade, both in Minecraft and in other online games.
At the time of writing, the update to the Minecraft launcher art only affects the Java version of Minecraft, although all indications are that Mojang intends to “expand” the tribute to Technoblade, paying additional tribute to the content creator and expressing sympathy to the many fans who are mourning his passing.
Mojang also posted a more direct message on the Minecraft account, expressing that the team is “heartbroken” over the passing of Technoblade.
“He meant so much to our community and brought so much joy,” the post reads. “He will be greatly missed.”