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Gabe Newell Says the Epic Store "Keeps Us Honest"

By Alistair Jones on at

Valve founder Gabe Newell has spoken out about Steam's rival storefront, the Epic Games Store. In an interview in the latest issue of Edge Magazine (via Gamesradar+), Newell said that "everybody benefits" from the competition.

"Competition in game stores is awesome for everybody," Newell said. "It keeps us honest, it keeps everybody else honest [...] in the long term, everybody benefits from the discipline and the thoughtfulness it means you have to have about your business by having people come in and challenge you."

That said, Newell admits that the competition is "ugly in the short term. You're like 'Argh, they're yelling, they're making us look bad.'" Despite Epic's efforts to undercut Steam's share of the product, however, Valve's CEO says he's not concerned by competition, "but by people trying to preclude competition."