Former Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski has slammed Markus “Notch” Persson for dropping plans for an Oculus version of Minecraft.
Upon hearing news of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus earlier this week, Persson publicly declared that a deal to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift had been dropped because in his words, “Facebook creeps me out”.
In a short addendum to a post about Oculus on his personal blog, Bleszinski called the move childish.
“Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home,” wrote Bleszinski.
“It’s a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly.”
Bleszinski said people in general were overeacting to Facebook’s acquisition of the virtual reality company.
“First things first - I’ve been very open with the fact that I invested in Oculus at an early round. I stand to make a very sizable chunk of money from this acquisition,” he began.
“Financially, I’m excited, but when that dust settles my heart says that I really, genuinely care about VR and I want to experience and enjoy it myself, and I have faith that it will still happen, and it will be better than ever.
“People are very rear window in their thinking online ‘Oh now we’re going to get Farmville VR’,” Bleszinski added.
“Maybe Zuck sees what everyone else has seen - the future - and wants to make sure it’s more than just great games and saw that it would add value to his business?”
The Gears of War creator said that without an ecosystem in place, Oculus could fail.
“IF their system is going to be (hopefully) a dedicated system instead of a (ugh) peripheral they need their version of whatever the app store would be,” wrote Bleszinski.
“Your device is only as good as the store and community around it; if users can’t say shut up and take my money, if developers can’t post their work then the device will ultimately flounder.
“Facebook can assist with this sort of thing, as well as having a multi billion user reach.”
He also had words for Oculus Kickstarter backers upset with the company being sold.
“Apparently some folks don’t understand that donating to a Kickstarter gets you whatever reward you’re told when you donate, you don’t get equity, you don’t get to participate in the fruits of a sale of a company like that,” wrote Bleszinski, before admitting he had complained about the same thing in the past.
“’I donated money to add value to a company that was eventually sold!’ Well, that’s kind of how business works, folks, hate to be the bearer of bad news.”