Gabe Newell

Gabe Logan Newell ( born November 3, 1962) is a game developer and a former employee of Microsoft. Newell is co-founder and managing director of Valve games manufacturer. He was known by the development of computer games Half-Life and Half-Life 2

Newell has held during his 13 years at Microsoft a variety of positions in the " system ", " Applications" and "advanced technology " departments. He was responsible for the program management was for the first three versions (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 ) of the Windows operating system to guide the creation of Microsoft's multimedia department and the efforts of the company in the direction of information -highway PC.

According to the Forbes Magazine Newell is one of the richest people in the world. With assets of $ 1.5 billion, he is ranked 854 in the list published in 2012. The magazine counts Newell also to the Names You Need to Know.


He railed by mid-2010 regularly sharply against the PlayStation 3 ( ports of Valve games for the console are from Electronic Arts, and not by Valve ). Valve developed for PC (Windows, Mac and Linux) and Xbox 360, which he held in his own words for a total disaster. Sony, he accused to have completely lost the interests of gamers and developers from the eyes. He recommended, among other things, the pulping and complete redesign of the console. On the computer entertainment E3 in 2010, but he stepped on the Sony press conference on the stage and apologized for his earlier remarks. He also praised the open architecture of the PSN, because this, in contrast to the closed and foreclosed Xbox Live, the integration of Steam enable. At the same time he announced the puzzle game Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 - with the indication that this is ( by the Steam integration) the best console version of this game will be.

The Xbox 360 is Newell's opinion, a waste of time and Microsoft should focus more on Windows Vista. You would have lost the goal is to create a better computer platform for the customers from the eyes. He represents this opinion as a former Windows developer. Windows 8 it is not least because of the integrated Microsoft Windows stores very critical, which is why he announced to direct his attention increasingly on Linux.

The Wii it looks very positive and generally like Nintendo's approach.

Digital Rights Management ( DRM) is Newell critically. A manufacturer should provide an added value service and not more restrictions. On the other hand, his company Valve released the first Internet-based DRM system for games ( Steam), which has already brought some restrictions with it (for example, that an Internet connection during installation must be present or that you can not resell pure Steam games when they have already been registered on Steam ).