Valve’s Gabe Newell offers more Steam Machines than speaking minutes at CES

“Rather than talking to me, go talk to the hardware manufacturers. Thanks for attending.”

Valve’s Gabe Newell is a big man, stature-ly speaking. So it’s no surprise the company founder and gaming hall of famer took the stage at his organization’s highly anticipated CES press event on Monday night. Valve was coming off a fall of major news with the impending arrival of its living room console, the Steam Machine, and the corresponding operating system, SteamOS. But Newell didn’t waste anyone’s time—he spoke for less than 10 minutes (closing with the above remark) and instead tried to place the spotlight on the new Steam Machines (and Valve’s now official 13 hardware partners). Newell revealed the devices during the presentation, and it was immediately evident that a Steam Machine will come in all shapes and sizes, “all a different take on the right solution for the living room.”

Newell did offer a tiny bit of perspective before pushing the press to go connect with Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte,, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac, and Scan Computers. He said Valve experienced 62 percent year-over-year revenue growth, with 65 million accounts currently on Steam. He also revealed, to Peter Bright’s delight, that Dota2 is now “bigger than Monday Night Football” (without specifying the exact metric).

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via Ars Technica


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