Wed, Oct 07, 2009 | 21:18 BST
Pitchford: “It would be much better if Steam was its own business”
Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has told Maximum PC that he thinks Steam and Valve should be seperate entites, as it is nothing more than a “money grab”.
“I’ll tell you what. Steam helps. As a guy in this industry though, I don’t trust Valve,” he said. “I, personally, trust Valve. But I’m just saying, honestly, I think a lot of the industry doesn’t.
“It would be much better if Steam was its own business. There’s so much conflict of interest there that it’s horrid. It’s actually really, really dangerous for the rest of the industry to allow Valve to win.
“I love Valve games, and I do business with the company. But, I’m just saying, Steam isn’t the answer. Steam helps us as customers, but it’s also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that’s not totally fair.
“Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service its providing. It’s exploiting a lot of small guys. For us big guys, we’re going to sell the units and it will be fine.”