Gabe Newell: Steam Isn't Interested in Agreements Like Xbox's Nintendo Call of Duty Deal

Microsoft committed to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms for the next 10 years but Valve doesn't need formal agreements to continue its existing partnership.

Fishy Fingers451d ago

Kind of a moot point as MS committed in 2020 that all 1st party games going forward will be on Steam.

crazyCoconuts451d ago (Edited 451d ago )

I'm just happy Gabe isn't interested in selling Steam to MS

-Foxtrot450d ago (Edited 450d ago )

Seems he's more aware Microsoft is using the Nintendo and Steam deal just for the Activision buyout and so they can use it against Sony.


"Don't...don't bring and use us in this, we already have existing things in place with you guys"

Eonjay450d ago (Edited 450d ago )

People act like they can't read but Gabe just effectively saved Sony. His underlying point for those blinded by Microvision is that if it is Microsoft's intention to expand access to gamers then what is actually the point of a commitment deal? Microsoft is nothing but a constant PR operation. You need to and should be able to understand that at this point. This is a narcissistic threat poorly disguised as generosity. If Microsoft was truly committed to expanding the reach of games to gamers it wouldn't require anything more than a similar statement to when Sony bought Bungie.

Lifexline450d ago (Edited 450d ago )

Do any of you know how to read? Or do you just read the headline and go with it.

He says that he trust Microsoft and doesn’t need anything in writing that their word is good enough because everytime they tell him they will do something they do it.

So he doesn’t want a contract even though Microsoft sent one to him. So unlike Sony who wants things in contract he doesn’t it’s just the type of guy he is. He doesn’t have any underlying intentions like Sony does he just wants games for his customers.

Knushwood Butt450d ago

So he runs a business without contracts and just wants to get games to gamers? What a guy! He should run for pres!

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neutralgamer1992450d ago

Steam can sell itself all it's want man #3 is their big boss haha 😆

Christopher450d ago

PC market also isn't Microsoft's primary competitor in the console and digital subscription market. Literally only one competitor in that whole market.

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Number1TailzFan450d ago (Edited 450d ago )

Yup, one of the first PC games I played in 99 was Half Life, hope they got the foot back on the pedal for more great games.

Recently sold one of my headcrab zombie statues on ebay for £800, got over double my money back, Half Life still has a strong fan base.

Giblet_Head450d ago

Even if he did his son Gray would most likely takeover to keep it in the Newell family. Valve is a private company and Gabe owns just over 50% of it.

sparky77451d ago

Great ammunition for MS to give to regulators right there.

Gabe knows MS has no reason to lie about this.

SullysCigar450d ago

Eh? What Faber-Castell knows us that ALL Microsoft games are coming day and date to Steam, regardless of the franchise. This has been the case for years now.

With that in mind, how does this help Microsoft's troubles with the CMA?

Crows90450d ago

It doesnt. People pretend these kinds of things are revelations...they arent.
The agreement is a formality for the platforms that MS essentially owns. On Switch it will likely remain available through streaming...so an inferior version by far.
On PlayStation, however, MS stands to gain a lot by removing it from that platform.

Hofstaderman450d ago

It doesn’t help ms case. They crapping bullets at this point

sparky77450d ago

"Newell also notes that Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have always followed through on their commitments and trust their intentions"

One of the CMA's main points was the MS doesn't follow through on deals but a competitor is saying otherwise.

Lightning77450d ago

Steams and Gabe Newell and Nintendo are cornering Sony. MS told Sony theyll be multiplat for 10 years. The same agreement Nintendo took. Sony didn't comment on The 10 year deal and is just essentially whining instead. Gabe here doesn't need a contract or a written agreement because he trusts MS will bring COD to Steam as MS already has with its 1st party.

Again MS played a smart hand by putting COD on Nintendo platforms. It makes them look good and committed and makes Sony's excuses even funnier really.

SullysCigar450d ago

@Sparky77, I repeat; how are Steam a competitor when all of Microsoft's games release day and date on Steam and Xbox?

shinoff2183450d ago

Sparky steam is not ms competitor

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Christopher450d ago

Amazing ammo. The people who forced MS to move to Steam because the Windows store wasn't selling software because "Steam runs the PC world" defends Microsoft from having to buy their way out of similarly being slammed by their competition in console hardware/software. Gabe doesn't need contracts because the consumers write the contract for him. Microsoft needs Activision because consumers aren't doing enough for them.

Aloymetal450d ago

As a hardcore PS fan(atic) I can't wait for this deal to go through because I'd like to see the funny and hilarious excuses by the end of this gen and the next one as well when after all those zillions spent on Activision/Bethesda etc...MS/xbox still fall short to be the market leader and sells the less amount of consoles and games. It's gonna be a sight to behold. But hey, as long as MS makes more trillionzz is fine.

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shinoff2183450d ago

Maybe to steam. It's not in the console market. Ms has already lied when they bought zenimax. The fact specifically stated that ms lied to the European board when they bought zenimax dude

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343_Guilty_Spark451d ago

"He trusts Microsoft's intentions."

That is the sub headline.

There you go. Microsoft stopped being nice with Sony and went for the jugular.

The deal will go through

Redemption-64451d ago

And regulators clearly don't trust MS. Care to guess why they offered Sony 3 years, then increased it to 10 after it was rejected. I also love how MS has a huge PR campaign going on social media, Sony being silent has really made them very unhappy.

Also let's be realistic, MS has no choice but to release on steam, especially if they ever choose to go exclusive at some point. Their own store cannot compete with steam and most steam users will not leave for any of their games. COD sales on Xbox are going to drop, especially on Xbox, when the deal goes through.

The3faces450d ago

"Sony being Silent '
Jim Ryan has been the most vocal trying to have the merger blocked since day one.

SlothLordPootus450d ago


Sony might not be silent to regulators, but theyre not spouting off on twitter and writing opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal to try to get public support.

Asplundh450d ago

1.No where did MS offer 3 years, the words were "several more years" and people including Jim Ryan started to the claim that they offered 3 years.

2.MS already have their 1st party games on Steam.

3.Of course COD sales will drop on Xbox's, it will be on GP.

Redemption-64450d ago


I guess you must be living under a rock, at best Jim has given 2-3 interviews, one in response to MS comment on offering several years. Since you live under a rock, I will say you have not been on Twitter to see, several MS executives tweeting numerous times on this deal, one even complaining about Sony being quite or not coming to the negotiating table.

We can also pretend the CEO and the president of MS, Phil have not given numerous interviews on this acquisition if that makes you feel better.