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Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam

Develop has Gabe Newell's take on some EA games not being sold on Steam, like the recently removed Crysis 2 and the upcoming Battlefield 3. In spite of the indications from EA that this is a result of Steam policy, Valve's managing director seems to indicate this decision is EA's as he takes an upbeat approach to the underlying conflict being a matter of showing "EA itís a smart decision to have EA games on Steam." Here are a few quotes from an upcoming interview that cover the topic:

"Companies have to earn the right to install content on their customers' PCs on a regular basis," he began.

"The same thing is true of Steam. We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether itís to EA or Ubisoft or whoever.

"We really want to show thereís a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EAís games on Steam and we have to show them thatís a smart thing to do," he said.

"I think at the end of the day weíre going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. Itís our duty to demonstrate that to them. We donít have a natural right to publish their games."

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23. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 17, 2011, 23:42 commonperson
Dades wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 23:29:
In the end I get my game, I can play it, and I'm happy. I don't give a damn where I get it through as long as I get a good product and there's no drop off in performance.

Ok but maybe other people do care where they get their games. If I really didn't give a shit I would buy $5 digital keys from some noname chinese website. I choose to care because I like to think that my purchases have an impact, I want my money to go to the place that gave me the best product and the most consideration. You can sit back and not give a shit, that's fine no one is asking you to do anything.

So, my question to you then is it EA who developed the game or Valve? Because Valve are the one who are getting the money when they are basically doing nothing other than offering a download portal. They're not generating the DLC, they're not developing the game in question (and their output is minimal at best lately.) They are basically a Video Game Wallmart. A cheery store with good prices and enough clout to push people around. I shoup there (I've got 147 games from them) and will continue to buy from them. Why? Because they give me good deals. If you really want to support a company bringing you good product you should buy directly from EA which I have done in the past.

At the end of the day services like Valve really serve little purpose to large scale publishers. They are an additonal revenue stream yes, and that's a big stream, but they don't need the infrastructure. It means more marketing but we don't have the overall sales at this point and EA and Valve are not going to share that.

Any how, go ahead, vote with your dollar. That's what I've been encouraging people to do all along but to say it's supporting the company that brings you quality and consideration well then you should be buying directly from the publisher or even teh developer in that case.
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