Valve doesn't worry about piracy

Discussion in 'Steam Discussion' started by Renegade89, June 30, 2008.

  1. Renegade89

    Renegade89 New Member

    At Valve's mini-summit on the state of PC gaming in Seattle today, president Gabe Newell revealed that the company is not concerned about the threat of piracy in the PC market.

    Responding to a question from Rock Paper Shotgun, Newell said, "When you list the things that we worry about in our business, piracy is not one of them."

    His sentiments run counter to those of many publishers, who feel piracy is killing their PC games business. But, said Newell, Valve's Steam distribution platform and the service it provides its customers protects it from that.

    "We've got great facilities that make it very hard for people to pirate," he said. "And more importantly, the service value of having an ongiong relationship with us is high enough that it causes people to not be very interested in piracy. It's a dangerous thing to pirate one of our games because later on, when we catch you, you lose all your games, or you can't play multiplayer."

    Earlier, Valve's Jason Holtman explained why the company felt the fear of rampant piracy in emerging markets such as Russia and China was misplaced, and the problem easily solved.

    He noted how famous the Russian market was for its piracy, and explained that this was a direct result of games releasing there six months after North America and Western Europe. It wasn't just Steam's encryption technology, but the ease of simultaneous worldwide releases on the platform that solved the problem for Valve.

    "We know that that's the major place where this rampant piracy myth comes from," Holtman said. "Rampant piracy is just unserved customers.

    "Russians have money, Russians like to play games and Russians have PCs. They love going to stores and not having to use Bittorrent sties."

  2. rushil01

    rushil01 Maestro of Meyhem

    well you gotta give them credit for doing worldwide releases
  3. FSOwner

    FSOwner FS Owner

  4. Reflector

    Reflector Full Member

    Good on you valve. Glad to here we're not a threat any more :D
  5. 786Fighter

    786Fighter Full Member

    Valve sucks. They disabled my account because I put my website in my friends name. Fags.
  6. rushil01

    rushil01 Maestro of Meyhem

    yes im sure thats the reason why they disabled it
  7. Renegade89

    Renegade89 New Member

    Usually they'll enable disabled accounts if you just check your email.
  8. Andy1

    Andy1 FS Member

    Hmmmm Steam and security... Yeah :D

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