Notch: Windows 8 Could Be Bad for Indie Developers

In a recent "Ask Me Anything" question and answer session with the Reddit community, Minecraft creator and Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson weighed in on Microsoft's upcoming operating system. His comments echo previous comments from Blizzard and Valve concerning the operating system's marketplace for software.

"If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for Indie games and competition in general," he said in response to a question. "If we can keep open platforms around, there's going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love."

Blizzard's Rob Pardo and Valve's Gabe Newell have echoed similar concerns about Windows 8 and how it will handle software sales. The worry relates to Microsoft's plan to use a marketplace similar to what Apple uses for iOS software.

The PC has always been a place where developers generally have had more freedom to do what they want when it comes to releasing software. By creating a system similar to the Apple App Store, Google Play, or even Xbox Live, Microsoft could leave some developers holding their hats. The other concern is that developers would have to pay a royalty to Microsoft.

Since very few details have been revealed by Microsoft about its plans for a software marketplace in Windows 8 we are not sure if the complaints so far are overblown or spot-on.

What we do know is that three prominent people in the video game industry do not like it at all.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Reddit

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