Notch refuses Windows 8 certification

Notch refuses Windows 8 certification
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

September 27th 2012 at 6:19PM

Minecraft developer would rather 'the game not run on Windows 8 at all than play along'

Marcus 'Notch' Persson has refused to have Minecraft certified for Windows 8 due to concerns about the openness of the new operating system.

Windows 8 is highly anticipated in many circles as the first truly multi-platform operating system, but some call the measures adopted by Microsoft to ensure compatibilty between desktops and tablets draconian.

Persson has long been an advocate of more open platforms, refusing even to place Minecraft on Steam due to his fears about a single vendor controlling the PC space.

It comes as little surprise then that he has refused the certification neccessary to list Minecraft on the Windows 8 store.

"Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help "certify" minecraft for win 8," Persson told his Twitter followers.

"I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.

It should be noted that programs can still run without being certified- a process required only if the developer wishes to place a product on the Windows store.

Even so, for some the certification process is a line in the sand, and Persson's defiant stance marks him as one of the leaders of this camp.

"I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along," he concluded. "Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way."