The creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson, said EA's contention that it's offering an "indie bundle" on Steam is further proof that it's "destroying" gaming.
The Electronic Arts Indie Bundle
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Electronic Arts can't catch a break.
The Minecraft creator took aim at the mega-publisher, criticising it for calling a recent release of games on Steam an "Indie Bundle". Persson argues that Electronic Arts, a major publisher and developer, cannot possibly be a so-called "indie", or independent developer, and should not characterise its releases as such.
"EA releases an 'indie bundle'?" Persson wrote on his Twitter feed. "That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical b*******."
EA's recently launched Indie Bundle includes six games, including "Warp", "Shank", "Gatling Gears" and others. The company is offering a 70 per cent discount via Steam, allowing customers to pick up the titles for US$20.98, rather than their standard US$69.94 price.
Like in the music industry, where a handful of labels are major and therefore not "indie", the gaming industry clearly delineates between the two groups. In most cases, developers creating games for mobile platforms or console-based services, like Xbox Live Arcade, are independent developers. Major companies, like EA, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two, due mainly to their size and influence, are considered "major publishers".
Over the years, camps have developed in the gaming industry, wherein some folks purposely support indie developers. In many cases, those who support indies take issue with major firms, and believe they hurt the game industry. Persson appears to be one of those folks, at least when it relates to EA.
"Indies are saving gaming," Persson tweeted. "EA is methodically destroying it".
Persson's comments came just hours after EA was forced to correct an apparently erroneous message sent to Rock Band for iOS users. The original message told users that the game would be discontinued at month's end. In a follow-up, EA said that the app will remain live, and that the message was "sent in error".
Still, the incident doesn't help EA make any new friends — something it's seemingly short on. Last month, EA was named the worst company in the US, as voted by readers of Consumerist.
CNET has contacted EA for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.