Notch doesn’t want to “play along” with Microsoft to get Minecraft on Windows 8

Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has not been shy about his feelings for Windows 8. Previously he has voiced concern that Microsoft could damage the indie game community if they lock down the Windows Store. Today Notch has taken to Twitter to complain more about Windows 8.

Apparently Microsoft reached out to Notch to help certify Minecraft for Windows 8, and he had a few things to say about it on Twitter:


It seems like Notch doesn’t fully understand Windows 8. The Windows Store is not the only place to offer games. People will still be able to download games from the browser like they can in Windows 7, and every other version of Windows. The Store is just another option for developers. It’s also worth noting that Minecraft has already gone through a similar certification process for Xbox Live.

[via The Verge]

  • idlelimey

    Odd. It’s available for iOS, Android and XBox – how are they more open than Windows 8? I have no idea why a guy monetising his software, successfully, would discount what could easily become the largest software market in the world?!

    Helps to explain why Windows Phone never got the rumoured XBox Live Minecraft.

  • Haxcid

    Someone is over estimating the importance of his software. Minecraft was big “last year” Borderlands 2, Planetside2, Battlefield series, and most others run perfectly fine on Windows 8. Does anyone even play mine craft on PC anymore?

  • So basically according to @Notch the app store should be “open” … . like google’s? Because….. we see how well that’s working out…. what an idiot.
    Yes… so…… apples app store sucks because its closed? Come on man! Wake up you elitist moron…. not everyone fully knows the breadth of the internet and what to do on it… ergo MANY MANY people get viruses and malware.
    This is a perfect example of how some developers believe their “opinions” matter over everyone else’s.

  • Its an extra hassle for developers to be certified. It takes time and effort and although they do now have the resources, I get that he is making this stand because if Win7 had been like this, perhaps Minecraft wouldn’t have been the phenomenon it is today.

    Also, to everyone mentioning the ports of Minecraft, the mobile and console games are not worked on by the main Dev team. They have their own groups BC of the extra effort porting and certifying involves. They can afford that now. Other people, not so much.

  • Olly

    I’m pretty sure that Xbox is a Microsoft gaming system, so why won’t he bring it to Windows phone (Which is a microsoft system)?