Gearbox's Pitchford On Valve: An "Underlying Sleaziness"
Valve Software has managed to make an enemy out of many PlayStation 3 owners over the past few years, and for good reason. We recently heard that Sony offered an olive branch by saying they would be willing to help Valve with any PS3 projects, but we're not yet certain if Valve will respond.
In such a situation, it's rare that other developers or industry insiders would voice their opinions on the matter, but Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has never been one to censor his bold statements for the benefit of the press. Pitchford doesn't appear to be the biggest fan of Valve and now, according to a recent 1Up report citing various sources including ScrawlFX and the Official PlayStation Magazine, he has called Valve's stance on the PS3, "childish." On the flip side, Pitchford finds Sony's console to be "really cool." Here's what Pitchford had to say to OPM:
"I noticed something on the net not too long ago. Doug Lombardi (Valve's VP Marketing) had to take a swipe at the PS3 again, and I thought it was foolish. I read it the same way I read fanboys. Like there's a guy who brought the Sony platform and he's a Sony guy, so he decides he's going to spend a certain percentage of his time bashing Microsoft. And there's a guy on Microsoft doing the same thing. Those guys are childish and narrow-minded, it's the same kind of thing."
In the past, Valve has gotten a lot of heat for not delivering their best efforts to PS3 owners. The Orange Box is the most infamous example; Valve designed it for the Xbox 360 and PC and then simply handed it off to EA so they could handle a PS3 port. But since then, Valve has simply refused to acknowledge the PS3 and their Left 4 Dead titles aren't seeing the light of day on the PS3. This past week, things flared up again when L4D project lead Chet Faliszek said the 360 community was "head and shoulders above the PS3." It was his belief that the PSN simply isn't a good enough community for a game like L4D, although 29 million PSN accounts might say otherwise.
Furthermore, this isn't the first time Pitchford has tossed a little jab in Valve's direction. He was quoted as saying Valve "thinks their own stuff is the only stuff that matters, to the point where they have their own distribution platform." Finished Pitchford:
"It's hard to accept that genuinely, because I know the business, I know you guys make half the money on the PS3 version because you've got other fingers in the pie, and other developers getting a cut. It benefits you if nobody buys that, and only buys the PC version, because you make the most money. There's this underlying sleaziness."
Ooooh. Clearly, we're not the only ones who think the Valve guys are far too full of themselves.
11/10/2009 9:02:26 PM Ben Dutka