Attack of the Fanboy

EA wants Minecraft on Origin, Notch says No

by William Schwartz


Electronic Arts has made a significant push with its Origin distribution platform in recent years, and the company believes that Minecraft would be a perfect addition to their library of titles.  Rich Hilleman recently spoke out about the possibility of EA managing a game like Minecraft, giving Mojang an opportunity to expand on its already successful Minecraft property.

Hilleman believes Minecraft could benefit from a platform like Origin, making it more accessible for the layperson to use mods and what-not.

“As somebody who has had to reinstall Windows on my son’s computer after he attempted to install Mod Manager on that machine, there’s a lot of value to be provided for the customer in makingMinecraft and its mods and installations something that’s a more commercial and predictable product.

And those are the kinds of things that Notch needs help with, and that without the help of a publisher or other support, he’s probably not going to get there completely by himself. Now maybe his community will, and I’d love to see that happen. It’s a great experiment; I’m really anxious to see what happens.

The reason I wish we were involved is because I think we’d learn from him. And the other thing that’s true is Notch is a true talent of this business; I just like us being associated with great talent. So from my perspective, I’m watching Minecraft with both eyes — sometimes with a third and fourth, because my wife is trying to manage my children’s behavior. But what we think is true about it is that it is a style, and not an end in itself, and that the long-term evolution of it as a business has to do with the things that go around it, and not just the client,” Hilleman told Gamasutra via GameSpy.

It doesn’t look like Notch & Co. are in any hurry to make these types of arrangements, the outspoken developer recently replied to the speculation via Twitter, explaining that he’s quite comfortable where he is.

“I’m sure EA is very successful at monetizing games, but the more we don’t do what they would do, the happier I am.  #nooffense,” said Notch.

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