Blizzard Exec Echoes Valve’s Concerns about Windows 8

Valve Software's Gabe Newell isn't the only one that thinks Windows 8 is a "catastrophe" for game makers, apparently. Responding to Newell's speech made earlier this week at the Casual Connect game conference where he made some disparaging remarks about the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, Blizzard's executive vice president of game design Rob Pardo had similar words for Microsoft.

On Twitter Pardo commended Newell on his speech and added a "me too" to the public discussion on the OS's shortcomings:

"nice interview with Gabe Newell – 'I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space' – not awesome for Blizzard either," tweeted Pardo.

The complaint is over Microsoft's desire to have more control over various applications and purchases made through its next operating system. While developers are already talking about how much they dislike it, Microsoft hasn't disclosed the particulars on its new marketplace scheme to the general public.

"There's a strong temptation to close the platform," Newell said during his speech, "because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors' access to the platform, and they say, 'That's really exciting.'"

This is apparently a reference to the Windows Store in Windows 8, which Newell believes will restrict companies' options when it comes to selling software directly. In addition, Microsoft would take a 30 percent royalty cut of every sale made through the store.

If true, this will not sit well with anyone that makes PC games and sells them. Companies like Blizzard want to sell their own wares, and companies like Valve want to use their own distribution platforms to sell games.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Source: CVG

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