Gabe Newell: Bad DRM devalues your product

Who better to weigh in on the recent digital rights management controversy sparked by Ubisoft’s always-on pirate busting ways than Valve co-founder and head Gabe Newell? I certainly can’t think of many, if any, better suited for the task.

Last night at the GDC awards, of all places (where he brought home the Pioneer Award), Newell made his views clear, “One thing that you hear us talk a lot about is entertainment as a service. It’s an attitude that says ‘what have I done for my customers today?’”

“It informs all the decisions we make, and once you get into that mindset it helps you avoid things like some of the Digital Rights Management problems that actually make your entertainment products worth less by wrapping those negatives around them” — words that were greeted with cheers from the audience.

Hopefully his words, along with those from Futuremark and numerous disgruntled games, some of whom express their opinions in more drastic ways, won’t fall on deaf ears.

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