Newell: “EA isn’t doing anything super-well with Origin”
Valve founder however believes that Origin will become valuable eventually.
Valve man Gabe Newell isn’t super-impressed with Origin yet. It was evident in his interview with Seven Day Cooldown where he said that EA is currently only playing catch up to those that are already in the business for years, such as, you know, Steam.
“They have a lot of work to do to get to where they need to be and where I, as a customer would want them to be,” he said. “I don’t think they’re doing anything super-well yet.
“They have a bunch of smart people working on it but I think they’re still playing catch up to a lot of people who have been working in the space for a while. I think they’re recognising what the challenges are with building and scaling out this kind of system.”
Unlike its users, Newell actually believes Origin will get better.
“That’s not to say they won’t build stuff in the future that is useful to software developers or to gamers but they haven’t done that yet.”
Newell also reiterated that Valve would still like to have EA’s game on Steam, at least for the convenience of the customer if for nothing else.
“We think their customers would be happy if their games were on Steam, we tell them that on a regular basis,” he said. “I think EA wants to take their shot at building their own alternative to Steam, and if they’re successful at that and their customers like that then that’s great.
“[But] whatever they’re trying to do to create value for their customers is not a zero sum game.”