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Newell: EA Origin on Steam Machines would be fine

Valve head says goal is to make new platform "as open as possible"

Just because Valve is getting into the hardware business with Steam Machines doesn't mean it's going to start behaving like a traditional platform holder. In a post on Reddit yesterday, Valve's Gabe Newell brushed aside concerns that the company would limit the content allowed on Steam Machines.

"We're trying to make it as open as possible," Newell said. "If EA wants to put Origin on it, that would be fine, etc... (trying to pick an example of something that people think we would prohibit)."

Valve and EA have had a public dispute of sorts after Steam's terms and conditions were changed in 2011 and a variety of EA titles were removed from the service. EA COO Peter Moore said the sticking point was Valve's insistence on taking a cut of revenue while not allowing the publisher to deliver patches and updates directly to gamers. He said there was no "feud" between the companies, only that each side's conditions for working together were at odds. Since then, EA's Steam releases have been primarily limited to a variety of The Sims expansions.

Despite the Steam Machine news, Newell was not on Reddit to talk about games. He had started the thread to talk about his entry into motorsports, running a car in the United States SportsCar Championship this year in order to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital pediatric cardiology unit. If his efforts raise $500,000 in donations to the hospital, Newell said he would conduct a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session. Newell also posted a picture of himself with the Reddit thread in the background as evidence that he was who he claimed to be.

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Latest comments (4)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
Really? Did anyone think they'd disallow Origin? Again, if you look at how Valve are talking, and their actions, they're for more openness, not less. The only thing currently disallowing Origin on a Steam Machine running SteamOS is the lack of a Linux version of Origin.
Since then, EA's Steam releases have been primarily limited to a variety of The Sims expansions.
And also the game that started all this - Crysis 2. In a full GoTY edition (all that pesky DLC :p ).

@ Christian

We pretty much already have that, with UPlay titles. It's not fun. I don't quite get why publishers think adding their own layer (that you have to register for and constantly log-in to) is a fun end-result for people who just want to play their damn game. :(

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 16th January 2014 9:03pm

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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 2 years ago
They couldn't block origin without a gigantic lawsuit

Not tha Lonux gaming is ever going to take off in a meaningful way
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
Why? Valve runs the market place, it's their decision what's published on it.
They run the marketplace, not OS. The question-and-answer both relate to Steam Machines, and that implies the Linux-based OS, not the basic Steam Client, or the marketplace. :)
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Peter Lovell Head of Talent Acquisition, NaturalMotion2 years ago
Most depressing article photo ever? :)
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