>Gabe Newell On Origin At Gamescom
>While visiting Gamescom, doing his thing as The Dark Knight of the PC gaming community as well as representing Valve, Mr. Newell found time to sit down with PC Gamer for a video interview. The topics ranged from whether or not Newell still worried about the price of groceries to Episode 3 (no new information) and Dota 2 (for which he claims to have logged 800 hours of playtime into and continues to enjoy every minute). The interview topic inevitably turned to Origin and Newell had much to say.
“I got an account before I came here and was trying it out. So yeah, I’ve tried it.”
He goes on further, “It does some things well, I think there’s still some areas where as a customer I’d like to see it improve, it’s not that different from any other system like this. There are positive things and negative things.”
When asked about the reasoning behind EA pulling their games off Steam due to the content manager’s ‘restrictive terms of service’:
“I don’t really know what they’re referring to by that,” he replied. “In general with Steam and Steam partners its incumbent on us to create value for those partners, whether it’s EA or Ubisoft or Take Two or any of the other developers who are using it, so that’s our goal, to create enough value so that is makes sense for partners to use the technology, the tools, services and community that we’ve created.”
So the plot between rival and arguably feuding PC content managers thickens. If what Newell says is true, then EA pulled their games solely off Steam’s ‘shelves’ for the money and business opportunity created from the exclusivity of Origin. Not a problem, a business can do what a business wants, but when you begin lying about your actions, then it becomes less defensible. We may never find out, but this real life theatre is better than most T.V.
Watch the full interview here