RPS: Independent Devs Speak Out on Steam 'Exploitation'

As mentioned in the Sunday Papers yesterday, there has been some controversy sparked after remarks made by Gearbox's Randy Pitchford to Maximum PC regarding Steam, where he stated that the digital distribution service from Valve was "exploiting a lot of small guys." This was later countered by an article on Gamasutra where Tripwire's John Gibson retorted, "Ask the Tripwire Interactive employees if they feel exploited, as they move into their new offices paid for by the money the company has made on Steam."

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Pandamobile3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

Thanks Valve, thanks for being the friendliest company in the industry :)

Darkstorn3295d ago

I think it's pretty evident that publishers are the bad guys and the devs are the good guys. If the publishers had their way, there would be no such thing as an original IP.

chak_3295d ago (Edited 3295d ago )

friendliest wouldn't be the word I'd use :D

Just skip ep3 valve, want HL3 now !!

Nihilism3295d ago

sounds to me like the gearbox guys are just bitter they don't have their ow DD service, you heard it here, everyone gets paid from steam and no one gets ripped off, effectively cutting out the middlemen (activision etc) and making more money for the devs than they would have normally gotten+ giving some dosh to the very deserving valve

I used to be wary about steam, but after transferring several hundred gig of games to a new OS install today via steam backup ( no cd keys being put in, steam does all the work, just copied the files accross, steam extracted and BAM, good to go, no DRM worries from windows registry F ups etc.

Go steam and go valve, i'm gonna start loading all my non steam games onto steam too, the only way to game on pc.

DiffusionE3295d ago

Valve may not be the cleanest/holiest group in the business, but Steam is probably one of the biggest reasons PC gaming is still alive today. I don't think I've ever heard anyone else say negative remarks about Steam. They may not be perfect, but they're as close to it as can be.

Vip3r3294d ago

Steam usually have goot bargins. Like Bioshoch for £3.75 last christmas.