The creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson, has refused to have the game certified for Windows 8. It would need to pass Microsoft’s certification process so it can be distributed on the Windows Store.
As VentureBeat reports, Persson was contacted by Microsoft about certifying Minecraft for Windows 8. Persson is clearly not happy about Windows 8 and on 27 September he took to Twitter (where he is known as @notch) to say: “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 added, “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.”
Minecraft can be played on a number of platforms, including the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Android and iOS devices. The game currently has at least 42 million registered gamers and more than 7.5 million paying customers.
Persson’s initial outburst has been retweeted more than 4,000 times, so he’s obviously struck a nerve.
Developers can make Windows software any way they wish, including for Windows 8. However, in order to be sold through the online Windows Store, Microsoft has put a more strict approvals system in place, which many people are said to be uneasy about. Some fear that what was a previously open system could become more restrictive and eventually go the way of Apple by becoming a mandatory process for all Windows software.