Notch Criticizes EA’s ‘Indie Bundle’ on SteamNews
While publisher Electronic Arts has taken its fair share of chances on new properties from small independent studios, one would never dare to call them “indie.” That would be like calling Walmart a mom-and-pop operation.. But a recent sale on Steam featuring several EA published games has agitated at least one high profile developer and has certainly made some gamers look up the definition of irony to see if EA’s logo might be pictured somewhere nearby.
Electronic Arts recently announced the release of an “indie bundle” on Steam that includes such games as DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Gatling Gears, Shank, Shank 2 and Warp. Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus Persson took issue with EA’s claim of an indie bundle, saying the following via Twitter earlier this week:
“EA releases an ‘indie bundle’? That’s not how that works, EA,” tweeted Persson. “Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards. Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.”
But don’t take this as him thinking he single-handedly saved gaming either. He quickly followed with another tweet:
“FYI, I don’t even call Mojang indie any more,” he tweeted. “Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie.”
The strangest thing in this whole story is the fact that EA is putting this bundle on Steam instead of Origin – their own digital distribution platform. It should be mentioned that the games mentioned before are great games, and worth owning. The way they are being owned is not exactly what people should be freaking out about. Enjoy this bundle.