The last thing you would expect from a Valve employee is that the competition with Steam is great. But that’s about it Gabe Newell said recently. In a recent interview with On-board magazine, Newell basically said that competition is good because it “keeps us honest.” You can read some excerpts from quotes below from the Valve co-founder. He’s right, with resources like Apple Arcade, Google Stadia, and the Epic Games Store all launched in the last couple of years, he seems to have cracked down on a lot of the price hikes you’d see some shady companies making. But we’ll see in a few years what he thinks in the long term if one of them starts to eat into Steam’s business.
âThe competition in the game stores is great for everyone. It keeps us honest, it makes everyone honest,â Newell says, âBut it’s ugly in the short term. You think to yourself,â Argh, they’re screaming, they’re making us look bad ‘- but in the long run, everyone benefits from the discipline and thoughtfulness that it means you have to have about your business by bringing in people to challenge you. “
âWe’re much more panicked not by the competition, but by the people who are trying to prevent competition,â Newell continues. “If you ask us what’s scariest, it’s the people who fall in love with Apple’s model of controlling everything and having faceless bureaucrats who to keep your product from entering the market if they don’t. not wish it, or design a store in a way that minimizes the software’s added value to the experience and stuff like that. “