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[Eurogamer] Valve counters EA's Steam sales "cheapen intellectual property" accusation

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Valve has countered EA's accusation that Steam sales "cheapen" intellectual property, saying they in fact benefit games, publishers and gamers.

Last month EA's David DeMartini, who runs rival digital platform Origin, said Steam sales, which often see discounts of up to 75 per cent, "cheapen intellectual property".

Vowing not to copy Steam's popular 75 per cent off sales, DeMartini said: "The game makers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we're not trying to be Target. We're trying to be Nordstrom."

But when Eurogamer put this accusation to Valve business development chief Jason Holtman at the Develop conference in Brighton today, he said the opposite was true.

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Mod edit: Changed source to one with more suitable language and less editorial.
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Classy and intelligent response by Valve. I would have simply said "Let EA know Valve and it's many partners disagree and how's that Origin sale going?"
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Classy and intelligent response by Valve. I would have simply said "Let EA know Valve and it's many partners disagree and how's that Origin sale going?"
Oh but EA would then make a huge fuss and threaten keeping its games off Steam, ( if they even sell EA games on steam, I have no clue. Correct me if im being silly).
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That made me lol. biggrin.gif
And what makes it even funnier is that it's all true.

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you’ve probably caught somebody and introduced them to a game when they haven’t had it, and they’ve played it, and the next time the franchise comes out or the next move from that publisher, the next move from the partner, they’ve just become more avid gamers.

This, a thousand times this.

I would not have payed $60 for The Witcher 2, no matter how great people told me it was. Then I got it in a Steam sale for ~$20, played the hell out of it and greatly enjoyed it.

When CDPR get round to releasing TW3, or their latest "Cyberpunk" RPG project, I will be pre-purchasing or buying at full price...


Bottom line, DeMatini is a short sighted, gready idiot who couldn't care less about games and gamers.
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Ooooooooo Burn!!!!
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Haha! Valve is just awesome.
Now if EA/Origin could get that stick out of their... Perhaps we could enjoy games like Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 on steam too, and they would make even more money from it! Success for the developers and for the customer smile.gif
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I'm assuming DICE has a contract with EA, but I say once that is up they should just leave EA and go to valve because valve wouldn't force them to put out certain things, they would be able to put out whatever content THEY want to put out.
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