Valve: "DRM damages value of games"

Written by Joe Martin

March 15, 2010 // 11:54 a.m.

Tags: #drm #gdc #gdc-2010 #newell #piracy #steam #valve #valve-drm-damages-value-of-games

Speaking at GDC 2010 in San Francisco, Valve's Gabe Newell commented that Digital Rights Management systems only really serve to lower the value of games in the eyes of customers.

One thing that you hear us talk a lot about is entertainment as a service,” the Valve founder said as he picked up a Pioneer Award at the event. “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.

The comments were reportedly greeted by cheers from developers and industry luminaries, according to Develop.

Draconian DRM systems have been an increasingly controversial subject in the past years, especially with Ubisoft having just launched a new system for PC titles that requires a constant internet connection. It hasn't worked out all that well.

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