Gabe Newell 'Fine with Origin on Steam Machines'

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a thread on Reddit, Valve front man Gabe Newell said something that surprised a lot of people: that he's okay with EA's Origin digital distribution platform running on Steam Machines. While we don't know how Steam OS and Origin would cooperate within the same environment, Newell's comments continue to illustrate Valve's commitment to being an all-inclusive platform for all kinds of games and methods of delivery, etc.

"We're trying to make it as open as possible," Newell said on Reddit. "If EA wants to put Origin on it, that would be fine, etc... (trying to pick an example of something that people think we would prohibit)."

Newell was writing in the thread about his campaign to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital through an upcoming charity car racing event. Earlier in the week he said that he would do a Reddit AMA if donations for the charity reach $500,000.

No doubt people would be asking tough questions like "where is Half-Life 3 and Left for Dead 3?" and "how long did it take you to grow that beard?"  We imagine there would also be questions about Steam OS, Steam Machines built by Valve, and the evolving game controller...

Source: GameSpot

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Re: Gabe Newell 'Fine with Origin on Steam Machines'

It'd screw little guys over trying to compete, but part of me would want them to say that if you want to put a digital distribution platform on a Steam Machine it would need to be of equal or better quality than Steam and have equal or more features. Steam isn't perfect, but it's the best on offer and Origin/Uplay/et al are terrible and just get in the way.

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