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Minecraft creator attacks Microsoft’s Windows 8 plan

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has become the latest developer to attack Microsoft’s Windows 8 games strategy.

He claimed that the software firm risked ruining its gaming ecosystem.

His comments follow similar criticism from executives at the video games company Valve and publisher Activision Blizzard.


However, others in the industry said the new operating system could be beneficial.

Mr Persson revealed his views in two tweets.

“Got an email from Microsoft, wanting to help ‘certify’ minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform,” he wrote.

“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 added in the second message.

The success of Minecraft – a game in which users use blocks to create their ennvironment – has made Mr Persson one of the sector’s most closely watched players.

More than 7.5 million copies of the title have been sold, and earlier this year Mr Persson was singled out for a special award by Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), which described the 33-year-old as “an inspiration for all games developers”.

Rules and regulations

The certification scheme that Mr Persson has taken issue with is designed to illustrate that Microsoft has reviewed a program to confirm the code is “completely finished” and reliable when run on a Windows 8-powered PC.

Stated requirements include a need to conform to Microsoft’s gesture “touch language” and an avoidance of adult content if a title is to qualify to appear in the app store for the Windows 8 touchscreen interface.

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