Valve CEO Gabe Newell set off a firestorm when he said Microsoft’s “Windows 8 is a catastrophe.” The news made the rounds all over the internet as it’s a rather controversial thing to say. Now, though, more people are singing the same chorus, the latest being Blizzard’s Executive Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo, echoing Newell’s words.
“Nice interview with Gabe Newell – ‘I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space’ – not awesome for Blizzard either,” Pardo said through a tweet.
So what’s behind the growing disdain for Windows 8? Apparently Microsoft will want to have more control over various applications and purchases made through the OS, however the full details haven’t been announced.
“There’s a strong temptation to close the platform,” Newell said, “because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say, ‘That’s really exciting.’”
Newell seems to be referencing the Windows Store in the operating system, which could restrict companies like Blizzard and Valve’s options to sell their software directly. Microsoft itself will take a 30 percent cut off of every sale made through the Windows 8 Store.