Gabe Newell: We Want EA Back

In an interview with Develop, Valve’s boss has stated that he is hopeful the situation with EA will be resolved amicably. As we have reported earlier, certain EA games have disappeared from Steam due to policy conflicts between Valve and EA. While originally stemming from DLC issues, many believe that this was simply EA’s attempt at pushing their new Origin platform out onto consumers.

Whatever the case maybe, Mr. Newell is undaunted and is focused on winning EA’s business back onto Steam:

“We have to show EA it’s a smart decision to have EA games on Steam, and we’re going to try to show them that. We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do.

I think at the end of the day we’re going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games.”

In otherwords, he is not pushing any special concessions for EA just to get them back, instead, he’ll probably try his best to make 70% look as big as possible.