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In a sad turn of events, but not exactly surprising, the President of Blizzard responded to the petition calling for Blizzard to support Linux, the answer is obvious, but what's sad is the response from the petition creator.

Here's the official response to Blizzard not being on Linux:
QuoteI certainly appreciate your passion and enthusiasm around this. Those are some great comments that you have included below, but the numbers just aren’t there right now. Linux usage represents less than 2% of installed desktop operating systems browsing the web, and I would assume most of those people also have access to a Windows or Mac device capable of playing Blizzard games.

We will continue to monitor the growth of Linux, but it is very unlikely that this will be something that we pursue in the near future.


I think we all saw that coming, but here's the sad part, in public directly below this the petition owner said this:
QuoteI am not sure just what the hell Morhaime is smoking but obviously he needs to stop or change to a different plant. How can he say we are under 2% when there is no concrete evidence to prove it. He also can not seem to grasp the fact that the reason why some of use are stuck using Windows is because of Blizzard and not because we love using Windows.

One thing is for sure, I am gonna have to work harder if I am going to break through that thick head of his.

Will keep you posted.


That's a perfect way to make sure Blizzard never respond to that petition again. This also gives them fuel to continue to not support us, if that is the attitude of people who try to represent us.

I think we all need to ask ourselves what Andrew (the petition creator) "is smoking". It was a perfectly reasonable response from Blizzard, and I didn't even expect Blizzard to respond until the petition was much bigger.

Blizzard, we aren't all like this, and please do not think that person speaks for us, as they do not. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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loggfreak 11 March 2015 at 9:18 am UTC
well that's just sad, those small portion of people ruin it for us
Yaakuro 11 March 2015 at 9:18 am UTC
Sorry but what you are doing will not help either. If the Linux usage would pass a certain amount blizzard would support it because its all about money not being polite.
Xeekei 11 March 2015 at 9:19 am UTC
The issue here is that Blizzard is one of the few large and popular enough that they can completely ignore Steam, and still thrive. In fact, a lot of their fans ONLY play their games, and don't even have Steam accounts. This a unique position.
Snev 11 March 2015 at 9:19 am UTC
Sad response from the petition owner indeed.

About the 2%: according to W3schools it's 5.4% (mobile systems not included), half of Mac's %. Not that it makes much difference to Blizzard right now.
liamdawe 11 March 2015 at 9:20 am UTC
YaakuroSorry but what you are doing will not help either. If the Linux usage would pass a certain amount blizzard would support it because its all about money not being polite.

What are we doing that isn't helping exactly? Apart from pointing out that idiots don't represent us.
Teodosio 11 March 2015 at 9:24 am UTC
SnevSad response from the petition owner indeed.

About the 2%: according to W3schools it's 5.4% (mobile systems not included), half of Mac's %. Not that it makes much difference to Blizzard right now.

But I suppose those statistics are only about people who visit the www.w3schools.com website.
It is quite scary that 85% of web developers run Windows anyway, that would explain why there are so many orrible websites around, with IE6 code, Flash, activeX etc...
Yaakuro 11 March 2015 at 9:26 am UTC
liamdawe
YaakuroSorry but what you are doing will not help either. If the Linux usage would pass a certain amount blizzard would support it because its all about money not being polite.

What are we doing that isn't helping exactly? Apart from pointing out that idiots don't represent us.


Kissing some body parts of blizzard and yes there are gazillions of idiots everywhere and that they do not represent anything. If blizzard would get those comments personally and put all GNU/Linux users into the same pot then I would say never buy a product of them in the first place.
liamdawe 11 March 2015 at 9:30 am UTC
Yaakuro
liamdawe
YaakuroSorry but what you are doing will not help either. If the Linux usage would pass a certain amount blizzard would support it because its all about money not being polite.

What are we doing that isn't helping exactly? Apart from pointing out that idiots don't represent us.

Kissing some body parts of blizzard and yes there are gazillions of idiots everywhere and that they do not represent anything. If blizzard would get those comments personally and put all GNU/Linux users into the same pot then I would say never buy a product of them in the first place.

You realise developers, publishers, ceo's, and the like are human too right?

We aren't "kissing some body parts" of anyone here, we are being realistic, and not trying to burn bridges with developers. That's an extremely childish response from you. Sad to see people commenting like that here.

We respect Blizzard's decision.
Caldazar 11 March 2015 at 9:31 am UTC
Oh crap, beware the zealots. I learned that from the "Linux is too hard for Joe Sixpack" debates.

How about telling the executive that we're not talking about short term "get rich" strategies here but about a get-as-platform-agnostic-as-you-can-and-profit-in-the-long-run investment?

But then, the zealots.
Pangachat 11 March 2015 at 9:32 am UTC
Well i'm not interested in Blizzard games anymore, but this is not the way to convice them to come to Linux.
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