Valve's Business Saw a 50% Increase In 2012

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Probably because even Valve's sorest disappointments tend to be remedied with some degree of human dignity for the customer base. For instance, that whole WarZ fiasco. The fact that they actually asked unhappy customers to file support tickets for refunds puts them head and shoulders for customer care above EA.

I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt of mistake over malice to a company that admits to its errors and is willing to reach out to me as a person to try and make amends when things happen.

Saika Renegade:
Probably because even Valve's sorest disappointments tend to be remedied with some degree of human dignity for the customer base. For instance, that whole WarZ fiasco. The fact that they actually asked unhappy customers to file support tickets for refunds puts them head and shoulders for customer care above EA.

I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt of mistake over malice to a company that admits to its errors and is willing to reach out to me as a person to try and make amends when things happen.

Yeah, they've been nothing but super nice to me and their services work AND are affordable.

They are a company that understands that markets can be met where all parties benefit. There is no need to prey on people.

I'm not surprised. At all.
The way Valve is working allows it to do things others can't do.

Their workers have perhaps the most liberty in the industry in trying out and implementing their creative ideas in the games they make.
Instead of having a single person being the ultimate manager and lead designer of a game and be the only one who decides what gets in the game and what not,everyone who is working and has an idea is allowed to implement it,and shares it with other co-workers,and the mechanics/features etc are decided in democratic fashion -with individual workers voting if they like a feature or not.
Simply put,the combination of a different number of minds is more thoughtful and creative than a single person, which makes Valve's games to have something special.

Now their own developed games isn't the only profit bringers,Steam is another one.
Steam rules now digital game sales,but it wasn't always as popular. It exists like 10 years. When Valve made Steam it was alone,nobody else think of that and Valve was considered weird for doing it. But after lots of support in ways of extending the library,and adding features and convenience,Steam became the favored digital distribution channel for games for the majority of PC gamers and developers/publishers too.

Steam is now the most accessible digital distribution games store. Not only it has the largest library,but it's also supporting more input methods as you can use it with both mouse and gamepads,and it also supports the most paying options,like paysafecards,and its growing support list for various different aspects gets bigger and bigger.
While others have made Steam like programs recently,like EA with Origin and Ubisoft with Uplay, Steam holds a decade of experience and updates,and is at least a step forward in every aspect,meaning it leads the race of features and other ones try to catch up.

Steven Bogos:

The company's massive growth certainly kills dead any rumors that Valve letting go a number of employees earlier this year is a sign that it is struggling.

Assuming you take Gabe Newell at his word. But then, why would a man virtually unanswerable to anyone not tell the absolute truth? That would be MADNESS!

Gabe Newell has been playing the Mitt Romney "trust us" game for much longer than Mitt Romney. And we trust him. Because ponies.

The 50% growth is impressive. (though not quite as impressive as their consistent 100% growth, every year, during the previous 7 years)

However, I'm more impressed by the "2% usage" of the total of all internet traffic, during their last Dota 2 update/patch.

That's a hell of a lot of bandwidth.

Jesus, I shutter to think what Dota 2 will become, in terms of it's internet presence, when it goes public.

Zachary Amaranth:

Assuming you take Gabe Newell at his word. But then, why would a man virtually unanswerable to anyone not tell the absolute truth? That would be MADNESS!

Gabe Newell has been playing the Mitt Romney "trust us" game for much longer than Mitt Romney. And we trust him. Because ponies.

But...but...ponies! Ponies are a fantastic reason to trust his word!

Daystar Clarion:

Vault101:
Ive seen that image before but I like it so much its now my wallpaper

I do believe it's the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race, lording it over the dirty console peasants :D

image

Great picture.

That it is. Wow.

OT: The Valve powerhouse cannot be stopped it seems. Good. They're probably going to need it heading into consoles with the Steam Box. Also; Two Percent of mobile/land internet data? Wow. That's... That's impressive.

Vigormortis:

However, I'm more impressed by the "2% usage" of the total of all internet traffic, during their last Dota 2 update/patch.

That's a hell of a lot of bandwidth.

Jesus, I shutter to think what Dota 2 will become, in terms of it's internet presence, when it goes public.

I'm betting it'll be 200%.

But...but...ponies! Ponies are a fantastic reason to trust his word!

Ponies are a good way to keep a man honest.

Daystar Clarion:

Vault101:
Ive seen that image before but I like it so much its now my wallpaper

I do believe it's the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race, lording it over the dirty console peasants :D

image

Great picture.

That... is a great picture lol

SecondPrize:

Nah sarcasm is just the natural form of communication for asshole kids who grew up in an era where all socialization was done face to face, or at least over the phone with actual speaking.

I never understood why people despise sarcasm so, it can be wielded like a scalpel if practiced with knowledge and wit.
I was brought up with in Danish and British humour.

Desert Punk:

That... is a great picture lol

A great satire on the lack of self-awareness of PC gamers.

Boris Goodenough:

I never understood why people despise sarcasm so, it can be wielded like a scalpel if practiced with knowledge and wit.
I was brought up with in Danish and British humour.

Because we lash out at things that burn us.

Also, because a lot of us grew up with the inane sarcasm of someone just saying "no...[opposite of what is meant]!"

Boris Goodenough:

SecondPrize:

Nah sarcasm is just the natural form of communication for asshole kids who grew up in an era where all socialization was done face to face, or at least over the phone with actual speaking.

I never understood why people despise sarcasm so, it can be wielded like a scalpel if practiced with knowledge and wit.
I was brought up with in Danish and British humour.

Boy you guys really know how to stay on topic.
Joking aside, this is true, sarcasm is typically a tool for the witty and creative. A nice way of saying something so blatantly obvious that it would seem mundane to say it strait.

Oh and Valve being successful? Who'd of thought they had it in them.

Boris Goodenough:

Ed130:

Sarcasm?

Trolling?

Isn't sarcasm a form of trolling?

No. sarcasm can be used without attempt to troll.

i am happy that PC is growing once again. its time to take back what rightfully belongs to PC master race and kick those filthy peasants off their wooden thrones.

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