Origin vs. Steam is turning into its own kind of fanboy war, one fueled somewhat when Origin's head, David DiMartini, said that Steam's 75% sales were bad for games during E3. Now DiMartini has apologized…while still saying Origin's going to beat Steam in the end.
Here's DiMartini's exact quote, from a Gamesindustry interview, in case you missed it:
I just think it cheapens your intellectual property. … The gamemakers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we're not trying to be Target. We're trying to be Nordstrom.We're not really sure that comparing your company and your competitor to stores your parents drag you to and bore the heck out of you for hours is the best analogy to make, but what do we know?
OK, so it's not exactly what you hear during a particular angry Modern Warfare match over the headset, but for corporate types, that's pretty strong stuff. But he's publicly eaten a little crow and apologized:
"That said, right now we're not [better than Steam]. Steam took eight years to get where it is. We're not going to take eight years, but we're going to get there and go beyond."In other words: sorry we trashed you in print, we'll instead focus on trashing you in business.
Awwww, but we wanted to see an actual fight! Is it too late for a DiMartini/Gabe Newell cage match? Because really, corporate disputes should all be settled with a cage match. If nothing else, it'd make corporate earnings calls more interesting.
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