Valve CEO Gabe Newell recently slammed Microsoft's Windows 8 saying that is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space.
In an interview with VentureBeat, he said that:
One, we’re trying to make sure that Linux thrives. Our perception is that one of the big problems holding Linux back is the absence of games. I think that a lot of people — in their thinking about platforms — don’t realize how critical games are as a consumer driver of purchases and usage. So we’re going to continue working with the Linux distribution guys, shipping Steam, shipping our games, and making it as easy as possible for anybody who’s engaged with us — putting their games on Steam and getting those running on Linux, as well. It’s a hedging strategy.
After Newell's statement Blizzard also said that Windows 8 is bad for gaming. Now Minecraft creator Markus Persson aka Notch has expressed similar views about Windows 8 on Reddit AMA saying that we need to encourage open platforms.
Q: What kind of future do you see for the (indie) gaming industry? What's going to change during, say, the next 10 years?
I hope we can keep a lot of open and free platforms around. If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very very bad for Indie games and competition in general.
If we can keep open platforms around, there's going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love.
So, every game company out there have similar views about Windows 8. Its about time they embrace open platforms.