Recently, Gabe Newell said during the Casual Connect conference that Windows 8 is a catastrophe:
“[Windows 8] is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. We’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. … It will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
To this comment, Blizzard Entertainment Executive vice-president of Game Design Rob Pardo agreed:
“Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either.”
Blizzplanet speculates Blizzard Entertainment might consider Linux as an alternative if Newell's vision of a future post-Windows 8 turns out to be as grim as portrayed by the former Microsoft employee and Valve co-founder.
Blizzard Entertainment is currently developing an untitled Next-Gen MMO, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Diablo III patches and its expansion.