Valve: ‘Windows 8 will accelerate Microsoft’s decline’, says Newell

Monday, 10 September 2012 09:38 GMT By Dave Cook

Valve head and co-founder Gabe Newell has discussed the company’s inner workings and desire to remain independent rather than go under the wing of a large parent company in a new interview. He’s also still not happy about Windows 8.

Speaking with the NY Times, Newell said that he’d be more comfortable if Valve were to “disintegrate” instead, before adding, “It’s way more likely we would head in that direction than say, ‘Let’s find some giant company that wants to cash us out and wait two or three years to have our employment agreements terminate.’”

Newell is also outspoken in his dislike of Windows 8, and in the same interview, suggested that Microsoft’s attempt to capture the app market through its new OS would accelerate Microsoft’s decline, “We would say to Microsoft, we understand all these frustrations about the challenges to your business. But trying to copy Apple will accelerate, not slow, Microsoft’s decline.”