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Newell To Fan - DRM Strategies Are Dumb

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Valve's Gabe Newell has joined the growing roster of games industry names who are publicly unimpressed with Digital Rights Management.


In an email to a fan who had contacted Valve about fears that they would be using SecuROM to lock down Left 4 Dead, Newell replied,


"As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb. The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value [...] not by decreasing the value of a product. We really really discourage other developers and publishes from using the broken DRM offerings, and in general there is a groundswell to abandon those approaches."

Report: Valve's Gabe Newell Disses DRM [GamePolitics]

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Excellent business plan Gabe, let's just hope the industry has the brains to follow it.