EA 'destroying' gaming, says Minecraft creator

Markus "Notch" Persson says indie games "saving" the industry, while FIFA, Battlefield publisher is "methodically" running it into the ground.

FIFA, Battlefield, and Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts is "destroying" gaming, according to Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson.

EA is ruining the gaming industry, says Notch.

Persson sounded off today via his Twitter feed about EA's newly launched Indie Bundle, which is presently available on Steam. Notch said, "EA releases an "indie bundle"? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards."

Persson later said his studio, Mojang, is no longer indie (something he had alluded to earlier) and offered a more damning take on EA.

"Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it," he said.

[UPDATE] After the publication of this story, Persson dispatched a tweet of clarification. He wrote, "I got into trouble on the interwebs again! The games in the bundle are good, I'm not questioning them. I'm questioning EA."

Persson is not the first to speak out publicly against EA. Earlier this year, readers of consumer affairs blog The Consumerist named EA the "worst company in America," following more than 250,000 votes.

The EA Indie Bundle in reference launched this week on Steam and includes DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Gatling Gears, Shank, Shank 2, and Warp for $20.98. The offer expires on May 9.

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