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Valve hope to see DRM abandoned

Newell sees move against draconian measures

Steam operators Valve Software, creators of Half-Life, Counter-Strike and most recently Left 4 Dead, hope to see developers and publishers move away from intrusive DRM in PC games.

"As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb," Valve boss Gabe Newell told one gamer who emailed him regarding the issue.

"The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value (make it easy for me to play my games whenever and wherever I want to), not by decreasing the value of a product (maybe I'll be able to play my game and maybe I won't)," the exec continued.

"We really, really discourage other developers and publishers from using the broken DRM offerings, and in general there is a groundswell to abandon those approaches."

While some firms have noted the rise of PC piracy as justification for DRM measures, others have abandoned the format entirely as a result. Valve, however, are thriving, in part as a result of their Steam platform - which doesn't so much fight piracy but makes it very easy for players to pay for and download their creations.

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