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Cyberpunk 2077: The head of Valve says it’s unfair to throw stones at the developers



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The head of Valve gave an interview, where, among other things, he spoke about the possible relocation of the company’s employees to New Zealand, the holding of major esports tournaments in the country, and answered questions about possible sequels to Half-Life and Portal.

Newell also shared his impressions of Cyberpunk 2077 – according to him, he played the game only on PC and has not yet reviewed the console versions.

Commenting on the problems of Cyberpunk 2077, Newell said that the release of such a complex and ambitious game in itself is amazing, and therefore aggressive criticism is not fair to any developer.

As a developer, I sympathize with other developers who find themselves in situations like finding a compromise between console and PC versions of games. All I know is that a lot of PC gamers are very happy and this audience is the most visible to us.

There are aspects of the game that are just great – all of which shows the huge amount of work done. And it’s unfair to throw stones at the developers, since the release of such a complex and ambitious game is amazing in itself.

Gabe Newell

Sony’s decision to temporarily remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the PS Store amid technical problems Newell called “unusual.” The head of Valve noted that Steam did not participate in these negotiations in any way, and therefore the company knows exactly as much as ordinary users.

In addition, Newell said that he sometimes receives offensive letters from players who are unhappy with Valve’s games. He believes that in such cases it makes no sense to respond with aggression to aggression, and the best solution is to learn a lesson from the situation.

When people have such reactions, I immediately think that this is an opportunity for us to fix it, and I think the developers of Cyberpunk 2077 feel the same way – that they, too, are listening in order to ultimately make improvements that will be useful to their customers.

Everyone knows that expectations in this business are always high, and if you do something well, people will let you know about it. If you do not live up to expectations, they will inform you about this too.

Gabe Newell

Newell did not say anything specific about the new parts of Half-Life and Portal, only confirming that Valve is working on several games that are still waiting for their announcement.

Finally, the Valve CEO is still interested in hosting major DOTA 2 and CS: GO esports tournaments in New Zealand. According to him, this scenario is becoming more realistic every time, but the company has no concrete plans yet.

You should know that The European Commission, the highest executive body of the European Union (EU), has fined Valve and five other game publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax for antitrust violations.

The publishers were accused of selling games on Steam by region – for example, in Poland, the Baltic states, Hungary, Romania – in certain European countries. Valve entered into agreements to this effect with the listed publishers, and their agreements extended to more than 100 games.

As the European Commission established during the investigation, which began back in 2017, regional restrictions on the sale of games violated the legislation of the European Union, since its economic space is considered the same for all participating countries.

On this basis, the European Commission fined six publishers a total of €7.8 million. The agency also reduced the payments by 10-15% to all publishers except Valve, which refused to cooperate with the authorities. In 2019, Valve argued that the European Union requirements had nothing to do with game sales via Steam and also noted that the removal of regional restrictions would lead to higher prices for games in less affluent EU countries.

As a result, Valve received one of the largest fines – 1.6 million euros. Bandai Namco will have to pay the least amount of money – taking into account the reduction in the amount for cooperation by 10%, it will have to pay 340 thousand euros to the European Union.

Penalties that game publishers will have to pay for violating EU law

  • Focus Home – EUR 2.888 million (including a 10% decrease)
  • ZeniMax: EUR 1.664 million (after a 10% decrease)
  • Valve – 1,6 million euros (without decrease)
  • Koch Media – 977 thousand euros (incl. 10% decrease)
  • Capcom – 396 thousand euros (incl. 15% decrease)
  • Bandai Namco – 340 thousand euros (including a decrease of 10%)

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