Valve on Origin: “I Don’t Think They’re Doing Anything Super-Well Yet”
Gabe Newell said some interesting things on the Seven Day Cooldown podcast, indirectly speaking to fans about Half-Life 3 and discussing the issues with EA’s Origin platform, direct competitor to Steam.
Newell said about EA and Origin:
“They have a lot of work to do to get to where they need to be and where I as a customer would want them to be.”
When asked if he thought Origin is currently doing anything particularly well, Newell was at a loss for words, letting an uncomfortable silence echo throughout the room before saying:
“I don’t want to dodge the question — I don’t think they’re doing anything super-well yet.
“They have a bunch of smart people working on it but I think they’re still playing catch up to a lot of people who have been working in the space for a while. I think they’re recognizing what the challenges are with building and scaling out this kind of system.
“That’s not to say they won’t build stuff in the future that is useful to software developers or to gamers, but they haven’t done that yet.”
Newell ended with some advice for EA:
“As we learn about this stuff we’re all going to be making things better for other gamers. [Epic Games boss] Tim Sweeney doesn’t look at Steam and say ‘F***, we shouldn’t support that because that will hurt long term sales of the Unreal Engine’. He’s like, “that’s pretty cool, that’s pretty useful”.
“So hopefully EA get their head to the same place.”
What are your thoughts on Origin?