Piracy and video games will always be a hot topic for discussion, especially when it comes to PC gamers. In the recent weeks some rather degrading remarks were made by a certain company towards the state of the PC market as it stands now with piracy issues causing the company to lose sales. However one name in the PC world, quite a large name at that, is taking a stand against these companies and it is none other than Gabe Newell.
In a recent interview with The Cambridge Student Newspaper Gabe explained his stance on piracy being a non-issue for Steam and his company and elaborated further by saying that “If a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer’s use or by creating uncertainty. Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company.”