Garry: "Valve is not exploiting us"

Written by Joe Martin

October 9, 2009 | 11:19

Tags: #garrys-mod #gmod #models

Companies: #gearbox #steam #valve

Responding to comments made by Gearbox yesterday that Valve might be exploiting smaller developers and ignoring a massive conflict of interest presented by the Steam platform, Garry Newman has claimed that spinning Steam out into it's own company would change very little.

Garry, who turned his Half-Life 2 modification Garry's Mod into a commercial release, says that Steam is actually very good for smaller developers - something he's recently proved by releasing some sales information about his game in light of a recent Steam sale.

"I am more than happy with the cut I get from Steam. Yeah of course more would be nice – but the cut isn’t anywhere near that low that it would turn me off selling through Steam," Garry wrote on his blog.

"Maybe I’m a special case because GMod has sold so well – but I know that Introversion nearly went under until they got on Steam"

Addressing Gearbox's suggestion that Valve should spin Steam off into a separate company to avoid a conflict of interest, Garry says he honestly can't see it making a difference.

"What difference does it make? It’d be the same Steam, run by the same people, probably from the same office. It would change nothing," he said.

"Should Steam get competition? Yeah sure competition is always good, but I can’t imagine anything will ever overtake Steam now. Steam is doing everything right, there’s no need for an alternative," he continued.

"Not to mention the amount of money we all have already invested in the games we own in Steam. Steam IS the PC gaming platform. As a consumer I don’t want to have different digital distribution software installed for every publisher."

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