Rubicon owner says it will not be working on the platform again

Dev slams Microsoft after making £52 on Windows RT

A UK developer has attacked Microsoft after a port of his warmly received game Great Big War Game for Windows RT made just £52 on the platform in its first week on sale.

Paul Johnson of Rubicon believes the port, produced for Microsoft’s tablet OS only and sold through its app store, may have cost the company somewhere in the region of £10,000.

In a blog post on the developer’s site, Johnson vented his frustration at the lack of support he felt he received from Microsoft. What’s more, he recommends that other developers avoid RT, and says that Rubicon will never be producing a game for the Microsoft platform again.

"A week after release we have made the princely sum of £52 in sales," he wrote. “That’s not a typo. And despite this, and the fact that GBWG is one of only several halfway decent launch titles, Microsoft have confirmed they will not give us any promotional features or help us with visibility in any way.

“If you’re familiar with their new store, this means our app is forever consigned to the garbage bin, presumably earning us less than £52 a week in future. Even if that rate is sustained, it will take just under two years before we recoup the salary paid to the guy who did the port.”

Johnson feels Microsoft is putting out titles on its tablet OS to perish, by failing provide any measure of promotional support.

“Apple regularly promote our apps,” he continued. “Android regularly promote our apps. Even RIM (Blackberry) regularly promote our apps. We enjoy working with those companies and it’s nice to see them acknowledge that we bring them some small amount of additional value to their setup. Firms our size need a bit of a leg up, and we go out of our way to show our gratitude to the above for helping us out in this way from time to time.

“Microsoft on the other hand clearly do not value us at all. Even whilst there’s almost nothing to promote, they will not feature our title for bizarre admin reasons. And this is whilst their store is empty and they need developers like us to fill their store far more than developers like us need them to pay us £50 a week.

“Needless to say we will not be working with Microsoft again to bring any of our titles, old or new, to this platform. A snub is never a nice thing to receive, but when it’s from someone who needs you more than you need them, it’s doubly insulting.”

Windows RT is only available on tablets, such as Microsoft’s Surface, which was first released in October. The Microsoft tablet has reportedly been suffering from slow demand, which will have impacted on the system’s potential games audience. Windows RT is coming tablets created by other manufactures, including Asus, Samsung and Dell.

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