In typical Gabe Newell fashion, Valve's managing director and quite humorously, ex-Microsoft employee, has gone on record as saying "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." Gabe was referring, in part, to the impact of the new OS's App Store, which for the RT platform at least, will be the only way to get apps onto Windows 8 devices, with Microsoft taking a healthy 30 per cent cut.
Chiming in with Gabe's little chorus was Blizzard executive vice president, Rob Pardo, who took the opportunity to state in a tweet that Windows 8 is "not awesome for Blizzard either." This has us wondering if Microsoft's store fees extend to subscription-based services and is treading on the firm's toes a little, or if there's something in general about the platform from a development point-of-view that the firm isn't too happy with.
It appears as though Microsoft is going to have its work cut-out for it to convince game developers that Windows 8 is the way forward, though, we also suspect that one way or another, developers will have no choice but to fall in-line, given the huge potential roll-out on Microsoft's doorstep. Gabe's perhaps just feeling cosy from the progress Steam is making in the Linux space.