There was a time when Sony and Valve really didn't like each other. But ever since Gabe Newell stepped onto Sony's stage at E3 2010, things have been different.
Now, according to a new Develop interview , Newell is asking other developers to reward Sony for its "open approach to online gaming." He says they deserve "valuable and lucrative PS3 content for integrating third-party online services within its online network." If you weren't already aware, Sony allowed Valve to integrate Steam in the PSN and the Valve boss believes Sony will continue to benefit from such moves.
"They’ve done the scary thing and I think it’s up to us as developers to make sure Sony and its customers are rewarded."
By the way, Steam is not available on Xbox Live and Nintendo doesn't allow third-party inclusion, either (with the Wii, at least). Newell mentioned that people will see the value of Steam on the PSN when the first piece of Portal 2 DLC arrives, and added:
"I think not only us but other developers are benefiting from Sony’s approach. We and other developers have to show we’re creating value to Sony for opening up its network. We have to show them it’s a smart business move."
Newell finished by saying it's "absolutely important" for Portal 2 and DUST 514 to be successes on the PS3 and at the end of the day, they need to "prove Sony is right." …does anyone recall the nasty barbs Valve used to sling in Sony's direction? Quite the about-face, no?