Rubicon Slams Microsoft For Poor Sales Of The Great Big War Game On Windows RT

By Khurram Aziz | Dec 10, 2012 12:35 PM EST

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Rubicon has only made £52, or $84, in the first week that its "The Great Big War Game" has been available on the new Windows RT app store, prompting a scathing attack against Microsoft.

In an angry blog post, entitled "Windows RT - Born to fail," the company's founder Paul Johnson claimed it had been "spat on" by Microsoft and vowed to halt all development for the platform.

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The post has now been removed, but according to TechRadar, Johnson blamed the lacklustre sales on Microsoft failing to promptly feature the game on its store.

"Apple regularly promote our apps. Android regularly promote our apps. Even RIM (Blackberry) regularly promote our apps... Microsoft on the other hand clearly do not value us at all," said Johnson.

"If other developers get this treatment, that store is going to look mighty bleak for a long time to come. Please take this as a warning.

"I know I sound bitter and twisted and there's a reason for that - I actually am. We have wasted a lot of time, resources and money on supporting this platform and all that happened was we got spat on."

Rubicon is believed to have spent $16,300 in porting the game over to Windows RT and said it would take two years to make back its money at the current rate of sales.

The Great Big War Game has been available for Android and iOS for some time now and proven successful on both platforms - on Google Pay it has a rating of 4.5 based on 2,500 reviews.

But on Windows RT, a platform Microsoft designed especially for tablets, it's struggling.

That shouldn't come as a shock considering the fact that Windows RT devices themselves aren't selling as well as expected.

Only last week Microsoft is said to have slashed the number of orders for its flagship tablet by half due to weak sales.

That follows comments the company's CEO, Steve Ballmer, made about the "modest" sales of the Surface.

One of the problems the new Windows touchscreen devices are facing is the paucity of apps available on its app store.

In early November, WinAppUpdated posted on Twitter that there were barely 13,000 apps available for the new Windows operating system.

Microsoft promises 100,000 by January 2013, but that still pales in comparison to the more than 750,000 that are now available on both Android and iOS.

Rubicon, meanwhile, have been contacted by Microsoft, and the company now reports on its blog that, "Microsoft have graciously decided work with us to iron out the problems and get us past this incident."

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