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 it’s 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 it’s to EA or Ubisoft or whoever.

"We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do," he said.

"I think at the end of the day we’re 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. It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games."
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Dades wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 23:21:

And at this point either way that's hearsay. I know it's easy to point fingers at the "Evil big company" but right now it's all he said she said. One of the other need to pony up proof, actual proof to validate their case.

No they don't because they are likely contractually obligated not to and it's not good business to air dirty laundry.

Which is why at this point it's all a giant shell game of who can put on the nicest PR show. Gabe is the PC market darling, all the gamers love him and he knows he can paint EA the villians and EA can't do much about it.

Frankly I'm of the mind ignore the two kids having a tantrum about who's the cooler kid, for all we know this could as much be an issue of Valve throwing a hissy over the improved Downloader that EA now offers (it's not like it's a new service it's just reskinned and rebranded it's been there for years) as much as it may be EA "trying to make a buck." Unless someone here is an "industry insider" or was eavesdropping on the conversation or stole the contracts none of us know what is really going on.

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.
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