Valve founder believes that Windows 8 will be a “catastrophe” for game developers
The co-founder of the video game company Valve, Gabe Newell said that the next Microsoft operating system will be a “catastrophe” for game developers, and that could mean big changes. “Windows 8 is a disaster for anyone in the PC field,” said Newell at the Casual Connect conference.
He said the success of titles like Half Life, Portal and Left4Dead has depended heavily on the open nature of the PC, noting that there is danger that Windows loses this feature with the new version.
“There is a strong temptation to close the platform, because look at what can be achieved by restricting the access of competitors, and say, ‘That’s very exciting,’” said Newell.
The threat to Valve, in this sense is that Microsoft Windows leave the store as the only alternative to download software or games on the operating system, leaving out of action Steam, the leading digital gaming market right now, and belongs to Valve. Several game developers would stop selling through Steam to market their games through the Windows Store, which incidentally, may be somehow integrated with the Xbox, which could give you other pros.
Newell said that valve is preparing for the future, trying to create tools and services that players can use to make games more fun. “We believe the future is very different from the successes we’ve had in the past,” he said.
He also said he will try to make all games available on Valve’s online store, Steam, available for Linux. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games in Steam to run on Linux as well.”
“This is not about video games is about thinking on goods and services in a digital world,” he said.
Link: Valve boss Gabe Newell calls to Windows 8 ‘catastrophe’ (BBC via gameshotpedia )Tags: Entertainment, Gabe Newell, games, Steam, valve, video, Windows 8