54 Gabe Newell Quotes On Success In Life

Gabe Logan Newell is an American businessman and the co-founder and president of the video game developer and digital distribution company Valve. He was educated at Davis Senior High School and attended Harvard University in the early 1980s before dropping out to join Microsoft, where he helped create the first iterations of the Windows operating system. With Mike Harrington, he left Microsoft in 1996 to found Valve; Harrington left in 2000, leaving Newell as the sole owner. As of 2020, Newell had a net worth of approximately US$4 billion. This Gabe Newell quotes will motivate you.

Best Gabe Newell Quotes

  1. “The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.” ~ Gabe Newell
  2. “I’ve always wanted to be a giant space crab.” ~ Gabe Newell
  3. “The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.” ~ Gabe Newell
  4. “Don’t ever, ever try to lie to the internet.” ~ Gabe Newell
  5. “The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.” ~ Gabe Newell

  6. “We just always focus on quality, which can be frustrating during the wait, but which pays off when we’re done (we hope).” ~ Gabe Newell
  7. “The internet is super smart. If you do something that is cool, that’s actually worth people’s time, then they’ll adopt it. If you do something that’s not cool and sucks, you can spend as many marketing dollars as you want, [they] just won’t” ~ Gabe Newell
  8. “I’m a handsome man with a charming personality.” ~ Gabe Newell
  9. “Piracy is almost always a service problem.” ~ Gabe Newell
  10. “Valve wouldn’t have gotten its start” ~ Gabe Newell

  11. “Ninety percent of games lose money; 10 percent make a lot of money. And there’s a consistency around the competitive advantages you create, so if you can actually learn how to do the art, the design, and the programming, you would be consistently very profitable.” ~ Gabe Newell
  12. “I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people.” ~ Gabe Newell
  13. “If you look at a multi-player game, it’s the people who are playing the game who are often more valuable than all of the animations and models and game logic that’s associated with it.” ~ Gabe Newell
  14. “Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.” ~ Gabe Newell

  15. “The Internet is changing what entertainment and sports is. It’s not just a few people authoring an experience for others. It’s really growing out of what everybody does.” ~ Gabe Newell
  16. “A lot of times I make people better by getting stupid, distracting, bureaucratic stuff off their desk. That’s an incredibly easy way to make a senior person more productive.” ~ Gabe Newell
  17. “Computing lets people express their creativity and unlock solutions, and code is computing’s universal language. All young people, including girls, deserve to be fluent in the language of the future.” ~ Gabe Newell
  18. “George Lucas should have distributed the ‘source code’ to Star Wars. Millions of fans would create their own movies and stories. Most of them would be terrible, but a few would be genius.” ~ Gabe Newell
  19. “I’m a utility infielder. There’s always somebody who is better at a specific task than I am, but I can pitch in at a bunch of different things as needed.” ~ Gabe Newell
  20. “One of the things that’s important about family is the narrative history they create for themselves.” ~ Gabe Newell

  21. “It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.” ~ Gabe Newell
  22. “About half the people at Valve have run their own companies, so they always have the option not just to take a job at another game company, but to go start their own company. The question you always have to answer is, ‘How are we making these people more valuable than they would be elsewhere?'” ~ Gabe Newell
  23. “Everybody understands that you’re supposed to say ‘our employees are our most valuable asset’ to the point where, even if it’s really true, they’re not going to really trust you until you’ve earned that – same with customers.” ~ Gabe Newell
  24. “If you look at the requirements for just one piece, like art, from one generation of games to the next, it will change radically. You need people who are adaptable because the thing that makes you the best in the world in one generation of games is going to be totally useless in the next.” ~ Gabe Newell
  25. “We came up with the name and logo pretty much the same way we do everything else.” ~ Gabe Newell

  26. “I remember back in the early days of Microsoft that from the day that you decided that you were just going to put out an ad to a customer – and all you were usually able to tell them was that a new product was available – it was about nine months before you could actually reach the first customer.” ~ Gabe Newell
  27. “People who are constantly looking for the opportunity to do something new are also people who are not going to be helped by having job titles – job titles create expectations of specialization and focus which don’t map really well to creating the best possible experience for your customers.” ~ Gabe Newell
  28. “The PC is successful because we’re all benefiting from the competition with each other. If Twitter comes along, our games benefit. If Nvidia makes better graphics technology, all the games are going to shine. If we come out with a better game, people are going to buy more PCs.” ~ Gabe Newell
  29. “Traditional credentialing really doesn’t have a lot of predictive value to if people will be successful.” ~ Gabe Newell

  30. “The culture at Valve is pretty much crowdsourced. The handbook is a wiki. One of the first things we say to new hires is, ‘You have to change something in the handbook.'” ~ Gabe Newell
  31. “It used to be that you needed a $500-million-a-year company in order to reach a worldwide audience of consumers. Now, all you need is a Steam account. That changes a whole bunch of stuff. It’s kind of a boring ‘gee, information processing changes a stuff’ story, but it’s going to have an impact on every single company.” ~ Gabe Newell
  32. “The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well.” ~ Gabe Newell
  33. “I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space.” ~ Gabe Newell

  34. “We tend to think of Steam as tools for content developers and tools for producers. We’re just always thinking: how do we want to make content developers’ lives better and users’ lives a lot better? With Big Picture Mode, we’re trying to answer the question: ‘How can we maximize a content developers’ investment?'” ~ Gabe Newell
  35. “Most people who end up being successful have good grades, but it’s orthogonal – there’s no extra information than if they put together a website and have bunch of fans who love coming and seeing what they’re doing.” ~ Gabe Newell
  36. “One of the things that’s interesting is that the PC has always had a huge amount of scalability. It was sort of the wild dog that moved into Australia and killed all the local life because it could just adapt. There used to be these dedicated devices, like dedicated word processors.” ~ Gabe Newell
  37. “I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.” ~ Gabe Newell
  38. “The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think It’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted.” ~ Gabe Newell

  39. “Photoshop should be a free-to-play game. There’s not really a difference between very traditional apps and how they enhance productivity and wandering around a forest and killing bears.” ~ Gabe Newell
  40. “In order for innovation to happen, a bunch of things that aren’t happening on closed platforms need to occur. Valve wouldn’t exist today without the PC, or Epic, or Zynga, or Google. They all wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform. There’s a strong tempation to close the platform, because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say ‘That’s really exciting.'” ~ Gabe Newell
  41. “Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer’s use or by creating uncertainty.” ~ Gabe Newell
  42. “One thing that we have learned is that piracy is not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue.” ~ Gabe Newell

  43. “I’d like to thank Sony for their gracious hospitality, and for not repeatedly punching me in the face. If I seem a little nervous, it’s because Kevin Butler was introduced to me backstage as the VP of sharpening things.” ~ Gabe Newell
  44. “Greenlight is a bad example of an election process. We came to the conclusion pretty quickly that we could just do away with Greenlight completely, because it was a bottleneck rather than a way for people to communicate choice.” ~ Gabe Newell
  45. “If I buy a game on Steam and I’m running it on Windows, I can go to one of the Steam machines and already have the game. So you benefit as a developer; you benefit as a consumer in having the PC experience extended in the living room.” ~ Gabe Newell
  46. “As somebody who participates in the overall PC ecosystem, it’s totally great when faster wireless networks and standards come out or when graphics get faster. Windows 8 was like this giant sadness. It just hurts everybody in the PC business.” ~ Gabe Newell

  47. “I think it’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted. I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a do over. Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it’.” ~ Gabe Newell
  48. “What’s the right way to think about the distribution part of Steam? You need to worry about viruses and people trying to publish other people’s content, but the underlying thing is to eliminate that barrier between people who create stuff and people who want to have access to it.” ~ Gabe Newell quotes
  49. “When I worked at Microsoft, I got to go and visit a bunch of different companies. Probably a hundred different companies a year. You’d see all the different ways they’d work. The guys who did Ventura Publisher one day, and then United Airlines the next. You’d see the 12 guys in Texas doing Doom, and then you’d go see Aetna life insurance.” ~ Gabe Newell
  50. “A store is just a collection of content. The Steam store is this very safe, boring entertainment experience. Nobody says, ‘I’m going to play the Steam store now.'” ~ Gabe Newell
  51. “I consider Apple to be very closed. Let’s say you have a book business, and you are charging 5 to 7 percent gross margins; you can’t exist in an Apple world because they want 30 percent, and they don’t care that you only have 7 percent to play with.” ~ Gabe Newell

  52. “We started off with a set of objectives for what we needed to communicate with the company’s identity, created several proposals intended to meet those objectives, and picked the one that did the best job.” ~ Gabe Newell
  53. “I have no direct knowledge of this, but I suspect that Apple will launch a living room product that redefines people’s expectations really strongly, and the notion of a separate console platform will disappear concurrent with Apple’s announcement.” ~ Gabe Newell
  54. “I think it’s highly likely that we’ll continue to have high-performance graphics capability in living rooms. I’m not sure we’re all going to put down our game controllers and pick up touch screens – which is a reasonable view, I’m just not sure I buy into it.” ~ Gabe Newell

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