After the by now famous speech of Gabe Newell calling Windows 8 a catastrophe, here’s one more big name from the gaming industry calling out on Windows 8 — Rob Pardo of Blizzard Entertainment.
Blizzard Agrees With Valve On Windows 8
Gabe Newell called Windows 8 a Catastrophe for the general PC space and then said that many would soon be facing lower margins because of it. Gabe Newell is one of the main decisions makers at Valve, which owns the highly influential online gaming portal called Steam. Valve is the studio behind such franchises as the Half-Life series, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2 and Portal.
Rob Pardo of Blizzard agreed with Gabe Newellon Twitter, saying Windows 8 wasn’t “Awesome” for Blizzard either. Rab Pardo is one of the heads at Blizzard, the studio behind cult favorites such as Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft.
Together, Valve and steam are both extremely influential in the PC gaming industry. And both are dissatisfied with Windows 8. Gabe Newell is in fact not known as a sensationalist but as person who does not pull any punches. His reasons for saying such a thing about Windows 8 were mainly rooted in the fact that Windows 8 would be closing up the PC platform and make access to it by individual vendors much harder than before. Since Steam is most practical purposes like a digital store, it will be in direct competition with Windows Store. A competition that does not guarantee any success for Steam.
But then Windows users can still install whatever they like from other sources, right? Well, there’s a rumor going around that says Microsoft is going to close up the system much like the Apple iOS and only allow authorized sellers to distribute software. This would mean a drastically lower margin for companies such as Valve and Blizzard. Open Source and Freeware development will take a huge hit, especially the former.
But then these fears have not been substantiated yet. Only Windows RT, which is more like a mobile system than the main Windows 8, is a closed system. The rest of them continue to behave as an open system. And Microsoft cannot risk alienating a large chunk of their audience such as the gaming community because it might be a repeat of the XP upgrade SNAFU with hugely higher stakes.