Newell, in Australia, on 'Entertainment as a Service'

In this video, the Valve boss Gabe Newell takes questions at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney and discusses support for Left 4 Dead and why he honored the deal to fly to Australia to see a modder's campaign.

Newell was asked about support for Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, relative to other Valve titles, and the chief offered that "Team Fortress is the benchmark and that's the level we intend to bring all products to.

We're going through transition, which I think is interesting. We call it "entertainment as a service" and Team Fortress is furthest along, in terms of rapid regular updates, and moving into movies with the 'Meet the Team' shorts, as well as we're starting to do some stuff with comics. So, Team Fortress is really the model that the rest of our products are gonna be following as we move ahead.

As to why he honoured modder Joe W-A's request to get down to Brisbane and see his Left 4 Dead campaign:

We recognise that we really are part of this community. We talk about it a lot, that we're not up here and the community's down here, and the games snowflake in. We really are part of it. We look to that community to see what we should do. ... It was pretty clear that this was one of those things that the community fell in love with the idea. They wanted us to come down here and meet with Joe and give him feedback. And in our experience, it's been very bad idea when we get such a clear signal from pc gaming community, if we ignore it.

Fly Gabe Newell - Gabe Q&A - Part One [YouTube, from Joe W-A]



    Wasn't this last week?

      But the camera angle is different!

        My bad then! ;)

        I can see this situation now in an all new light, no pun intended..maybe

    come on Kotaku. Get a move on. You guys are suppose to be at the forefront in bring all the videogaming news together as fast as possible.

      I've updated the post after the US guys changed the headline after publication.

      Btw, this video is from Joe W-A himself (and friends) and was uploaded to his Youtube account yesterday.

    I'd rather see the headline "Newell in Aust with finished Episode 3, coming round to play it at Duncans request"
    Seriously they do not release *episodic* games
    maybe epoch(ic) .. games.

      Hey! My name is Duncan, you doppelganger!

        No, I am Spartacus!

    me and my wife are brian

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