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Gabe Newell Slates DRM

Gabe Newell Slates DRM

Gabe Newell heavily criticised the inclusion of DRM in games in his speech at the GDC awards, saying that it diminshes the value of releases.

Whilst picking up his Pioneer Award he said:

“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.”

Newell’s comments were greeted with cheers from the San Francisco crowd. Amongst those likely not cheering were representatives of Ubisoft who have included some of the most draconian DRM measures to date for titles such as Assassin’s Creed 2.

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