Strong words from Newell at Casual Connect, a Seattle video game conference. Tricia Duryee, writing for some website, quoted him on a range of topics like game distribution, closed platforms, and the prospects of touch as an interface. But on Windows 8:
We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. 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. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.