Yesterday Phoronix posted a topic on how Blizzard Entertainment does indeed have a Linux client for World or Warcraft and one quote taken from the forums made by a Blizzard MVP was the same stupid argument that all big game/software developers love to use, there isn’t enough Linux users.
Whenever someone mentions such thing it only proves that either A) That person is a complete idiot, or B) They are simply cowards to un-glue their lips from Microsoft ass and support the Linux operating system.
Now for those of you who don’t understand how someone making such comment can be considered an idiot, let me explain. Most gaming developers will use the comment of not enough Linux gamers but here is the thing, if there were a lot of block buster games on Linux, then there would be more Linux gamers. You see the games has to come first in order to build up the number of Linux gamers. I have lost count of how many times I read posts from gamers who state that they are only using Windows because their favourite games only run in Windows. Any big game developer can see those posts themselves if they really want to know how big of a demand there really is. But don’t bother with the Warcraft forum because the moderators there act like dictators and will usually delete any Linux request topics.
As for how a software developer can be a coward, well think about about it. They claim that there are very few Linux users which means they do not wish to spend the money to make a Linux client which means they are scared to take the risk. Running a business, any kind of business is all about risk. Would Blizzard Entertainment be where it is today if it didn’t take a risk of launching the first Warcraft game some years ago? NO! What also pisses me off with Blizzard themselves is that they have probably the most revenue coming in than any other big game development company in the world with their roughly $100 Million monthly revenue from the World of Warcraft subscriptions and they don’t want to spend a mere $1 Million (if that) on a Linux client. Talk about greed.
Well for now I have cancelled my Warcraft subscription and do not have any plans of going back any time soon. Maybe I will give that subscription money to one of the tiny indie developers who have had no problem making their game run on ALL platforms with their extremely small budget.