No one expected EA’s Origin to overtake Steam in a matter of months. Indeed, given Valve’ and EA’s vastly different histories within the industry, not a lot of people wanted it to. And it hasn’t. But although it’s doing a decent job by all accounts, Valve’s Gabe Newell, a man who probably knows more about digital game distribution then most other people on the planet will ever learn, offered a word of warning.
“They have a bunch of smart people working on it but I think they’re still playing catch up to a lot of people who have been working in the space for a while. I think they’re recognising what the challenges are with building and scaling out this kind of system. That’s not to say they won’t build stuff in the future that is useful to software developers or to gamers but they haven’t done that yet,” he explained.
“As we learn about this stuff we’re all going to be making things better for other gamers. [Epic Games boss] Tim Sweeney doesn’t look at Steam and say ‘F***, we shouldn’t support that because that will hurt long term sales of the Unreal Engine’. He’s like, “that’s pretty cool, that’s pretty useful”.
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