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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Nucas wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 00:04:
commonperson wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 23:19:
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.
why? are we owed some explanation?

this is an internal matter; but internal or not, the intent is obvious: EA wants to make more money. just like when publishers switched to smaller boxes or when digital distribution took hold, the motivation has nothing to do with customer satisfaction. don't delude yourself.

We aren't owed an explination that's exactly the point. People are going on about how EVIL EA is (because it's cool to hate them again it seems) and they line up for the "Valve are saints" koolaid at the drop of a hat. What I'm saying is people who are calling EA liars and evil don't know enough to make that call and if you look at their record over the last 10 years it's been one of steadily improving relationships with their developers and trying to service fans. I just get tired of the hyperbole train that gamers seem to like riding.
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