Jonathan Blow: Microsoft ‘have a cultural habit of treating small developers like s**t’

“Hopefully they will manage to get away from this on the new console.”

Posted By | On 14th, Dec. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Well know developer Jonathan Blow who is behind super hit games like Braid and the upcoming The Witness is well known for his outrage against Microsoft and their indie policies. A few months back Jonathan Blow had criticized Microsoft’s claim of increasing servers to 300,000 and stated it was a lie.

A Twitter user asked Jonathan whether he ever apologized for being wrong since they do have actual servers, to which he replied: “Well, they said they are Azure servers, and Azure servers do exist physically. Nobody disputes that…”

He further revealed that why he does not give Microsoft the benefit of doubt: “They threatened to ruin my life, and I am not the only indie they treated this way. So I do not give them the benefit of the doubt. Actually some other indies (like Team Meat) got treated way worse than I did.”

He further stated that it is Microsoft’s habit of treating indie developers badly.

“They have a cultural habit of treating small developers like shit. Hopefully they will manage to get away from this on the new console, but I have reason to be skeptical, as many of the people who treated devs badly still work there.”

He also justified his public outrage against Microsoft stating that if he sees an injustice, he will speak out about it.

As usual, bold words indeed. It makes us wonder whether Jonathan Blow will ever release a game on Xbox One or Microsoft’s future products.

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