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Valve's Gabe Newell: games store competition is "awesome"

by Mark Tyson on 24 March 2020, 13:01

Tags: Valve, Epic Games

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Valve CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell has been talking about the rival Epic Games Store in a recent interview published by Edge Magazine. Newell's answers to questions about the emerging strong competitor are frank and show a detached realism. In brief, the Valve boss reckons Epic's full-on competition in the PC market is far preferable to Apple's system of competition prohibition.

In response to a question about one of Steam's biggest and newest competitors, the Epic Games Store, Newell was quite generous in his answer, and the response seemed to come partly from the view of a disinterested third party. "Competition in game stores is awesome for everybody. It keeps us honest, it keeps everybody else honest," said Newell. There are some drawbacks though, especially in the short-term cut and thrust involved, as the Valve/ Steam boss observed such a fight is "ugly in the short term". Even though Steam might look bad in the short term - on the positive side it helps bring "discipline and the thoughtfulness," to improve your own business model, observed Newell.

Moving the conversation to businesses that really cause worries for Valve / Steam, Newell turned the spotlight onto Apple. "If you ask us which is scarier, it's people falling in love with Apple's model of controlling everything and having faceless bureaucrats who get to keep your product from entering the market if they don't want it to, or designing a store in a way that minimises software's value-add to experience and stuff like that," explained the Valve boss. This is because Apple's business model seeks to "preclude competition," he opined.

Sources: GamesRadar+ via GamesIndustry.biz and Tim Sweeney on Twitter.

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Ha ha, even Gabe's a fan!!
Can't be evil if Steam themselves like it, eh?
Won't stop the toilet paper hoarders from complaining about it though
I hate using steam
Hey Gabe, do you remember your views on the Windows 8 store?
Gabe's aliive?!