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Valve wants Steamworks integration on the XBLA version of Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Newell calls for a more open Xbox Live

Valve boss Gabe Newell is hoping that Microsoft will relax their policy on Xbox Live so that they can bring Steamworks to Xbox 360 gamers.

Newell wants to include Steamworks in their new Counter-Strike title Global Offensive, especially on the Xbox 360 so that 360 owners can enjoy all the benefits like extra free content that PS3 owners can currently enjoy with Portal 2.

He said: "We certainly can deliver a lot of value to customers to the degree to which we have those capabilities. The PS3, obviously we made a lot more progress with that. The PS3 customers of Portal 2 are going to start to see the benefits of that with Portal 2 DLC coming out in September. So we'd really like to be able to do that for Xbox customers as well."

The Valve boss added: "The main thing is having Microsoft get comfortable with it and let us do it. Right now, there's a huge amount of updates and free content we've been able to deliver to people who have The Orange Box that we haven't been able to deliver to the Xbox because of the restrictions that have been placed on us on Xbox Live. We'd love to see those relaxed. Other developers on the PS3 are starting to benefit from Sony's more open approach. Hopefully that will help Microsoft see that's a good strategy for making customers happy, that the barbarians won't tear down the walls of Xbox and turn it into some chaotic wasteland."


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