Blizzard is Also Not Thrilled About Windows 8

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo is getting in on the panning of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows update, following Valve’s Gabe Newell calling the OS a “catastrophe.”

Pardo, who previously was lead designer on World of Warcraft and is now executive vice president of game design at Blizzard, took his opinion to Twitter, where he wrote, “Nice interview with Gabe Newell — ‘I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space’ — not awesome for Blizzard either.”

Earlier this week, Newell expressed the negative opinion of Windows 8 during an appearance at Casual Connect in Seattle. There, Newell said that integrating Linux into Steam, something Valve is looking into doing, is…well, basically a buffer against Windows 8 sucking.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy,” Newell said. “I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”

It’s not super-clear just what it is about Windows 8 that makes developers unhappy, though. There have been a lot of complaints about the operating system all over the board, ranging from discussions of its Metro UI and mobile inspirations, to its Windows store that will reportedly take a 30-percent cut of all software sold there. But as to whether the operating system is hard to develop for or creates other issues, we just don’t know.

We’ve pinged Blizzard and Valve for further comment about Windows 8, so stay tuned for more details as they become apparent.

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8 Comments on Blizzard is Also Not Thrilled About Windows 8


On July 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

lol… who give a crap what blizzard think, they ruined diablo 3 and they should focus on fixing it, and shut up.


On July 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

lol.. did they even try windows 8 ? my friend got the beta and a toutch screen and it was fine, all u got to do is keep ur old non-touch screen to game and get a new screen to use the new features, its as easy as that, blizzard should stop thinking their the boss, just look at diablo 3, a game built to make more money for them, what a shame, diablo 3 wont live more then a couple of months for most ppl. diablo 2 lived for 10 years diablo 3 lived for 10 weeks, Nice


On July 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Damn dude, did you even read the article. Your comments are nothing more than rants about how pissed you are that you were dumb enough to buy Diablo 3. Some of us were smart enough not to.
You don’t know any of the reasons that it’s being knocked for. We do know that microsoft is getting greedy, which in turn will raise prices for games. Don’t know all the reasons for the hate out there, but thats enough to make me hate it.
Diablo 3 was a let down. Get over it.


On July 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You hate something without any reasons of your own because someone else hates it without giving any reasons for their hate. That makes lots of sense. 98 was fine, ME sucked, XP was great, there no words to describe how terrible Vista was and 7 is about as good as anything I’ve used. Not sure how 8 is going to turn out. And MS being greedy isn’t going to drive up the price of games. MS has always been greedy. It’s the greed of companies like EA and Activision that’s driving up the price of games since they control most of the gaming market. It’d be nice if these guys would at least give reasons why they don’t like 8, otherwise it’s the same baseless hatred that fans get crap about on the internet.


On July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I very much agree with Blizzard and Valve on this. Win 8 is not PC friendly and doubt it will end up being either. It’s designed for touch screen/tablet setups. Besides everyone should know how Microsofts windows OS work out. Good, bad, good, bad, good, bad. I’ll pay attention to what ever they come up with to follow Win8. Until then Win7 64 works very good.


On July 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

If I understand the issues correctly (which it’s entirely possible I don’t) the problems developers are having with Windows 8 is its design change towards more of a mobile-esque coding. It’s supposedly extremely limiting in what developers can and can’t do within the environment. It restricts people to managing and presenting information in exactly the way Windows 8 wants you to, instead of being free to use the information however the designers would prefer.

Like I said though, I could be completely wrong about this.

Phil Hornshaw

On July 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

@Mr Fibble

That’s basically my understanding/assumption too, but I can’t say I’m a programmer and really know for certain.


On July 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

who’s next to jump on the bandwagon? Windows 8 was design for touchscreen and not gaming or professionals, no wonder these developers are getting mad. They are neglecting their base audience and don’t seem to care. If there was more competition in the market, microsoft would have been left in the dust as they no long know what their average user wants.