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Notch Unhappy About EA Indie Bundle

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Posted on May 4, 2012 AT 09:14am

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has criticized EA after they released the EA Indie Bundle on Steam.

Persson is unhappy at EA attempting to cash in on the “indie” name. The bundle includes a collection of Indie studio titles published by EA, such as DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Gatling Gears, Shank, Shank 2, and Warp.

“EA releases an ‘indie bundle’? That’s not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards,” he wrote on Twitter. ”Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.” He did add that he no longer considers Mojang to be “indie.”

Size Five’s Dan Marshall also weighed in on Twitter: ”We’re simply going to have to come up with a NEW word for ‘indie.’ One that’s clearly defined and THE MAN can’t take away from us. Let’s gather some indies together for a quick ‘AAA Bundle’—then we’re square,” he joked.

This is a complex issue, as all of these titles were indeed created by indie studios. But now that they have EA behind them and are secure, they can’t really be cast under this umbrella anymore. EA knows how popular indie games have become over the last few years, so it’s no surprise to see them trying to make a little cash off of it—they’re a business, after all.

Is EA really that bad? Share your thoughts below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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