Windows 8 will herald a catastrophe, according to Valve Software CEO Gabe Newell.
Newell is considered a hero among PC Gamers with Valve titles like Half-Life and Portal heralded as works of genius.
“I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space. I think that we’re going to lose some of the top-tier PC [original equipment manufacturers]. They’ll exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people,” Newell told VentureBeat at the Casual Connect video game conference in Seattle this week.
Newell's, however, is not an unbiased third party with the new Windows Stores possibly looking to compete with Steam, Valve's digital distribution and communications platform for gaming.
While discussing the frontiers of the gaming industry, the Valve boss criticized Windows 8 and offered up Linux as a possible alternative.
“…we’re trying to make sure that Linux thrives. Our perception is that one of the big problems holding Linux back is the absence of games. ” Newell said. “…we’re going to continue working with the Linux distribution guys, shipping Steam, shipping our games, and making it as easy as possible for anybody who’s engaged with us — putting their games on Steam and getting those running on Linux, as well. It’s a hedging strategy,” he added.