Windows RT app ‘GBWG’ breaks no records with £52

Great Big War Game (GBWG) has been a popular game on iOS and Android. With the release of the Windows 8 OS and its Windows RT mobile system, the GBWG developers saw it fit to release it on this platform as well, and was ecstatic in a different way when they realised that it made… wait for it… £52 in one week.

Rubicon Development’s Paul Johnson was clearly not impressed, blaming Microsoft on his blog, ranting that “if other developers get this treatment, that store is going to look mighty bleak for a long time to come”. The post certainly seemed to get Microsoft’s attention. According to pcpro things were rectified, as the original cutting and bitter post by Johnson was replaced with a much more calmed response of: “…it has had a very positive effect and Microsoft have graciously decided work with us to iron out the problems and get us past this incident. With a sense of fair play, I’m putting my grumpiness on hiatus and deleting the juicy bits. Which was all of it, sorry.”

That’s quite a change from: “Needless to say we will not be working with Microsoft again to bring any of our titles, old or new, to this platform.” While it is important to note that Microsoft RT has not nearly the prestige and punch of the stores of Apple and Android, the result of spending £10 000 pounds for a return of only £52 does seem reason for complaining. At the same time Microsoft’s response also gives a picture of where they are going with RT as a competitive platform.


Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon


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