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Submission + - Vavle's Gabe Newell on piracy and more (

silentbrad writes: IGN has an article about Gabe Newell, quoting his views on privacy:

'In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty.'

Gabe has more to say in the original interview, including his thoughts on e-sports.

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