What color is the sky in your world? Corporations, American or otherwise, look at the bottom line. The bottom line is that labour is cheaper in other countries (amongst other things). Welcome to planet Capitalism, please bend over.
...Considering how many people played on the first day. They will have these problems solved in days, not weeks. I for one have not had to wait in queue and have not experienced any lag. There was some downtime last night which was good in the end. It allowed me to do other things, such as finish HL2 (now there's a botched launch!!!).
Fucking Valve is going to get an earfull from me! I can't even get the game installed!!!! Fucking STEAM is a half-baked idead that needs alot of work. I paid $70 CDN for this and I can't even install it. If I can't get it installed in 1 hour this is going back to the store. Way to go Valve!