Minecraft creator slams EA's "Indie Bundle"

You might think that it would be a great idea for a company like Electronic Arts to offer PC gamers a great deal on six downloadable games made by small independent developers. However, that's not how Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson sees it. In some Twitter posts today, he had some very brutal things to say about EA and its PC game sale.

First, the facts: EA is offering a "Indie Bundle" of six previously released PC games on Valve's Steam service. They include the two Shank games from developer Klei Entertainment, the two Deathspank games from Hothead Games, Warp from Trapdoor and Gatling Gears from Vanguard Games. From now until May 9th, Steam is selling all six games together for just $20.98 compared to their normal price together of $69.94, a 70 percent savings.

Sounds good, right? Not according to Persson. He stated today, "EA releases an 'indie bundle'? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards." In another post he said, "Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it."

Later he tried to clarify his statements, saying, "The games in the bundle are good, I'm not questioning them. I'm questioning EA." He also claims that he doesn't consider the game developer he founded to create Minecraft, Mojang, to be indie anymore. Indeed, Minecraft for the PC has now sold over 5.7 million copies and continues to sell at a rate of between 8,000 and 10,000 copies every day.

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There's a difference between EA and the EA Parnters Program. I'm guessing Markus "Notch" Persson didn't know the difference when he composed those tweets.

EA has Origin, Valve has Steam, whats the difference? Do you really think EA published those games without asking the creators first? As I see it the creators need all the money they can get, even if that means publishing the games on Origin.

Stay classy, EA. Stay classy. They sure do make being the worst company look easy.

neokal said,
so why are people annoyed with this exactly???

Because indie games by definition are games without a publisher. EA is one of, if not the, biggest games publisher. As such any game released by EA cannot be an indie game and calling it such is just an attempt to cash in on the current popularity of indie games.

neokal said,
so why are people annoyed with this exactly???
Because they use the term indie because it's "in" right now and people are buying "indie" things. The only problem is that EA is the polar opposite of indie and they're everything an indie is not

Whoever at EA approved this is a moron, they'll get their usual backlash but unfortunately people will keep buying their crap

Rudy said,
Whoever at EA approved this is a moron, they'll get their usual backlash but unfortunately people will keep buying their crap

Do you realize that all of those games were made through the EA partnership program? That means without EA all of the games in the bundle probably wouldn't have seen the light of day.

But hey, EA is involved so lets over react!