Markus Persson (aka Notch), the mastermind behind the cult hit world-building game Minecraft, was unamused by an email he received from the Redmond-based software giant.
He tweeted: “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 then followed that up with: “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.”
Sounds like fighting talk, indeed.
And it got a predictably mixed reaction from the denizens of the internet, with some applauding, and some getting cross about the prospect of not being able to play Minecraft on Windows 8.
Later still, Persson tweeted: “And oh WOW the internet is upset about my win8 statement!”
There are plenty of Minecraft fans out there – indeed it has shifted over six million copies on the PC, and in excess of nine million across all platforms (it’s also out on the Xbox, iOS and Android).
Persson isn’t the first person to get twitchy about Microsoft’s stance on Windows 8 gaming, as earlier this year Valve famously fired off a barrage of criticism at the OS – labelling it a “catastrophe” for PC gaming, no less.
And the company is now looking at its options with Linux, pushing forward with a version of Steam for Linux.