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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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110. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 19, 2011, 10:56 killer_roach
 
Just had a bit of a weird thought - anyone consider the possibility that this might be posturing on the part of EA, and they ultimately relent by doing some sort of joint partnership with Valve with their services? EA loses a bit of money, Valve loses a bit of control, and the games ultimately come back up. After all, EA and Valve have worked together in the past, and it would simultaneously explain Gabe Newell's Alfred E. Newman-esque "What, me worry?" attitude about the whole situation.  
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