Gabe Newell is happier than ever with his company Valve’s position leading development of the console versions of their games on PlayStation 3, and it’s thanks to a “train wreck” of terrible Xbox Live rules and regulations being enforced by Microsoft. You may have heard that Square Enix is not bringing Final Fantasy XIV to the Xbox 360 because of similar reasoning, but Valve is coming out now and telling the world about the way Microsoft forbids companies from letting gamers get any more than x amount of free content updates, not to mention being over-charged for bug fixes, and unable to do things their own way.
At E3 2010, Gabe Newell apologized to the world for calling PS3 a waste of time, now he is struggling to regain a foothold for the console versions of Valve’s games thanks to the limitations of Microsoft’s online network.
“We thought that there would be something that would emerge, because we figured it was a sort of untenable… Oh yeah, we understand that these are the rules now, but it’s such a train wreck that something will have to change. That’s why we’re really happy with the current situation with the PS3, We’re solving it now in a way that is going to work for our customers, rather than assuming something is going to emerge later that will allow us to fix this.”