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Gearbox to Valve & MS: "Play Nice"

Computer and Video Games quotes comments Steve Gibson made at the London Games Festival about the competition between Valve's Steam service and Microsoft's Games for Windows, where the Gearbox marketeer said the two companies are "building silos" which "hurt the PC industry." Gibson implores them to "play nice," and says "Our big concern right now is that these silos are being built. Everybody's separating out and it's really... as a developer who just wants gamers to be able to play games together, it's frustrating right now. Things like that are hurting the PC industry for gamers. This is frustrating for everybody right now." Thanks joao.

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53. Re: Gearbox to Valve & MS: Oct 11, 2010, 01:24 nullability
 
Yes, exclusivity is never a good deal for the end users, but it often enables a quicker development cycle if the developers are able to use third-party multiplayer libraries like Valve's Steamworks. It's a tradeoff. If the developer is dumb/lazy enough to accept this tradeoff then that is their problem. It only hurts their product, not the industry.

And this is coming from Gearbox? I have little respect left for Gearbox at this point. After their totally broken PC multiplayer in Borderlands, it's clear they do not understand PC games. Maybe if they had used Steamworks to handle their multiplayer, Borderlands multiplayer would have been playable.
 
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