Gabe Newell says 'everybody benefits' from competition with Epic

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    Conversations about the Epic Games Store often pivot on one central point of contention: Is it fostering competition with Steam, or is its practice of landing exclusive game releases "anti-consumer" because it keeps them from being released on Steam, the platform of choice (or at least of habit) for the majority of PC gamers? Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes it's the former—and so does Valve boss Gabe Newell, it turns out.

    In an interview with Edge Magazine (via GamesRadar), Newell said that "everybody benefits" from the competition in the long run, although it can be rough getting there.

    "Competition in game stores is awesome for everybody. It keeps us honest, it keeps everybody else honest," Newell said. "But it's ugly in the short term. You're like, 'Argh, they're yelling, they're making us look bad.' But in the long term, everybody benefits from the discipline and the thoughtfulness it means you have to have about your business by having people come in and challenge you."
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