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Notch Says EA is Destroying Gaming

Comments on Twitter spark controversy

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Speaking out on Twitter, Minecraft and indie game producer Notch has said he and other indie game makers are trying to save gaming while “EA is methodically destroying it.”

EA releases an “indie bundle”? That’s not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards. 3 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it. 3 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

He is referring to the EA release “indie Bundle” on Steam, which includes the games Deathspank, Shank and Warp. Notch says EA has no right to label itself as an “indie” production company. A title that he thinks his own company, Mojang, no longer fits into.

Fwiw, I don’t even call Mojang inde any more. Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie. 3 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

He goes on to make fun of the blogosphere, who jumped on the story almost as soon as he tweeted it. Adding that he wasn’t bashing the games themselves, just EA.

I got into trouble on the interwebs again! The games in the bundle are good, I’m not questioning them. I’m questioning EA. 2 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Notch and EA have butted heads before, when a chief director at EA suggested he help Notch with his monetization strategies. Notch responded by saying “I’m sure EA is very successful at monetizing games, but the more we don’t do what they do, the happier I am.”

I have to agree with the man on this one. EA is notorious for breaking up their games into a bunch of DLC, charging astronomical prices to access all of the games features. They call it “monetization”, when what it really is, is ripping off the consumer.

To turn around and offer games as part of an “indie bundle” is just a slap in the face to real indie developers who want to set them selves apart from EA’s cash grab methods.

Notch and indie game developer, Ed Key, go on to make fun of reporters who have jumped all over him for comments he made just hours ago. Funny stuff.

Reporters are reffering to me as “boss”? I am not the boss of anyone! Founder and game developer only. http://t.co/3PqJCk7q 1 hour ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@notch EXCLUSIVE: “I’m not not the boss of anyone!” says Mojang boss, fueling rumours of trouble at non-indie studio 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@edclef hahaha 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Notch Says EA is Destroying Gaming
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  • Marc

    I’ve been saying this for a long time now, ever since they decided it was a good idea to charge for an online pass as “DRM” when it’s just a way to try to kill the used game market. They say they need the extra cash to cover the server cost of another person? In reality it costs them nothing more to have you use a used game online as they lost a user to get you. EA doesn’t care about any of it’s customers, just the cash they have, and the only way to stop them (and others like them *coughUbisoftcough*) is to stop paying into what they put out. If you absolutely must have a game, wait to buy it until the price drops to $30, guarantee it won’t be long if nobody is buying it.

  • guest

    Notch is a basterd.

    • beef5162

      i dont see you making a multi-million pound game from scratch or having the guts to take on one of the biggest companies in gaming over their practices

  • beef5162

    I have been boycotting EA games ever since they F***ed over westwood and destroyed command and conquer. in fact, i chose blops 2 over battlefield as my shooter of choice simply because battlefield has the EA lable.

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