Minecraft developer Markus “Notch” Persson has always had a reputation as a man of strong opinions when it comes to PC gaming. A while back, he claimed he would never release his game on Steam because he felt Vale was building up too much of a reputation and held too much weight in the gaming marketplace.
Now, he’s taken a bold step in standing up to Microsoft, the very company that he worked with to sell 3 million copies of his block creation game on Xbox LIVE Arcade. His current beef with Microsoft is over them asking him to “help certify” Minecraft with Windows 8. Notch refused, thinking that Microsoft will be murdering the idea PC gaming as an open platform with even grounds for everyone to succeed. He announced via Twitter that he now wants nothing to do with it.
“I’d rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way…”
He’s got a point. The idea of Microsoft denying independent gamers the chance to thrive is irking him. I can respect that, but I also realize that he has found himself quite financially stable over the last year or so to make this decision so abruptly when prompted.
Windows 8 will be released next month, and plenty of big time PC heads have sounded off against the operating system. Notch is just another name in a long list that includes the likes of Valve’s Gade Newell, Blizzard’s Rob Pardo, and id Software’s John Cormack.