Gabe Newell speaks out against Ubisoft DRM
At the Game Developers Choice Awards last week, Valve's Gabe Newell chimed in with his thoughts on DRM, and more specifically, Ubisoft's unpopular new approach. Newell received this year's Pioneer Award in part for his work on the Steam content delivery service, which itself is protected with DRM.
Steam's DRM is less intrusive than the latest Ubisoft scheme, which requires that gamers have an active Internet connection even when playing Assasin's Creed II's single-player campaign. Newell contends Valve's "what have I done for my customers today?" attitude helps the company avoid some of the negatives associated with DRM. Steam games can be played in offline mode without an Internet connection, and over the years Valve has added numerous useful features to the service itself.
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