Valve: No Exclusives for Steam Machine

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While revealing its new Steam Machines this week Valve Software emphasized that the Linux-based hardware will not have any exclusives. We assume this also includes games in popular franchises it owns such as Half-Life, Team Fortress, Portal, Left 4 Dead, DOTA, and Counter-Strike too.

"Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms," head of business development Anna Sweet told IGN. "Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that's exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines."

Valve designer Greg Coomer added "you won't see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We're not going to be doing that kind of thing. We're hoping to unify, to get Steam to be as platform- and context-agnostic as possible. You shouldn't have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it."

Steam Machines are set to launch in 2014.

Source: GII

 

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Re: Valve: No Exclusives for Steam Machine

I'm willing to bet that it's a bit simpler than that - they have millions of people buying their games through Steam on Windows, Mac and Linux PC's right now.  If you needed SteamOS or Steam Machines for their next game, that's millions of people they're likely to piss off.

That being said, it's one more reason that I just don't see the point in either SteamOS or Steam Machines.

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Re: Valve: No Exclusives for Steam Machine

It sounds like pretty good business to me. If they encouraged a SteamOS exclusive game, then sure, if it was good enough they might move a few more Steam Machines, or encourage the installation of SteamOS on a few more PCs, but they'll probably make more money off the existing PC crowd that's okay with the system they have but want to play the game anyway.

 
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