Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Confronts Valve


All I got to say is…”Get’em Randy!” Finally Valve is being exposed for their true colors by other devs. Its a simple investment attitude really. Valve benefits if people buy the PC and 360 version of their games because there are less people who get a part of the pie.

“Doug Lombardi had to take a swipe at the PS3 again, and I thought it was foolish,” Pitchford told OPM, according to AnalogHype.

I read it the same way I read fanboys,” he added. “Like there’s a guy who bought 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.”

I’m actually kind of mad at Doug because with the Orange Box, he said the 360 and PC versions are the good ones and the PS3 version is like the stepchild because some other developer made it. Well you Valve don’t really think that, because look what you’ve done on the PC side. You’ve supported that, you’ve added all this content to Team Fortress 2, and you’ve left us hanging. 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.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


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  1. #1 by Trev on November 8th, 2009 [ 26623 Points ]

    these comments are interesting considering gearbox made an episode for the original half life; opposing force. he seems to be clearly speaking from experience and its nice to see another developer speaking out against valve’s decision.

  2. #2 by GM - Luke on November 8th, 2009

    His company has done more than just half life opposing force. It seems like he’s pissed because Doug said the PS3 versions aren’t as good because it’s some stepchild.

    If your a 3rd party porting games to the ps and you hear a company say that. I would think it would make you feel like shit since your the one that made that PS3 stepchild.

    Interesting how this will evolve.

  3. #3 by Anasynth on November 8th, 2009

    Randy’s acting like a jealous prat. It’s Valve’s business if they don’t want to invest in the PS3, for whatever reasons they want.

    Get over it, kids.

  4. #4 by Legion213 on November 9th, 2009

    Jealous of what exactly? Gabe Newell’s hate for the PS3 is unfounded. If PS3 is so hard to develop for. Why are so many other companies able to produce games for both systems. The fact is he is fat and lazy. He doesn’t want to take the time to learn anything new. He just wants to spew out the same old crap games and rake in money. Because people are stupid enough to buy rehashed games.

    Next fall they’ll put out Left 4 Dead 3 and that again will be their only release. And what ever happened to Half Life 2 Episodes? Guess their plan to overcharge for a small part of a single story fell through.

  5. #5 by PS3 Fan on November 9th, 2009

    I can’t imagine big business would let one person’s fanboyism or ego get in the way. Thre must be another reason for not investing in the PS3, however foolish that seems.

  6. #6 by Royalty32 on November 9th, 2009

    Its about time somebody calls out Valve. There screwing the ps3 in every way and they know it. They need to stop being so damn lazy and develop for ps3. If they need tips talk to Naughty Dog. LOL

  7. #7 by JimmyStewart on November 9th, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Title should also read… confronts PS3Blog.net. ;)

    Only teasing guys… well half teasing anyway. Developers fighting always makes me squeamish. It reminds me a bit of the Call of Duty devs fighting between Call of Duty 4 & 5. It’s just ugly and unpleasant. I think Randy should stick to the games myself… I hear Borderlands is great and I can’t wait to pick up my copy! Should be a nice co-op game to play at home.

  8. #8 by bunnyhero on November 12th, 2009 [ 1850 Points ]

    “I think Randy should stick to the games myself…”

    the same thing could be said of the valve guys. they should stick to making games and not verballying dissing the PS3. i don’t understand what it gains them.


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