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“Jerks” Should Pay Extra For Games, Says Valve Boss

by Ernice Gilbert on May 17th, 2011, under Hot, News, Valve

There are two types of people playing games online according to Valve boss Gabe Newell, the “jerks” who stink up servers and cause other gamers to turn away, and the “likeable” ones who are fun to play with and whenever they come online, other gamers flock to them.

In like manner, the “stinkers” should be charged extra to play, and the “likeables” should be given games free of charge.

That’s what Gabe Newell said while speaking to Develop recently, contending that the industry’s model is “broken”.

“The industry has this broken model, which is one price for everyone,” Newell explained. “That’s actually a bug, and it’s something that we want to solve through our philosophy of how we create entertainment products.

“What you really want to do is create the optimal pricing service for each customer and see what’s best for them. We need to give customers, all of them, a robust set of options regarding how they pay for their content.

An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better – is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with. Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave.”

He continued: “We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community.

So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get DOTA 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”

Valve’s latest game is now available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and word around town claims it’s a brilliant game.

Thanks, Eurogamer.


  1. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 4:32 am

    LMFAO gabe your a laugh out!

  2. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 5:37 am


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