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Gabe Newell gives his verdict on Origin

"I think it does some things well."

Valve boss Gabe Newell has offered up his verdict on EA's Origin store.

"I think it does some things well," he told PC Gamer.

"I think there are still some areas where, as a customer, I'd like to see it improve. It's not that different from any other system like this. There are positive things and negative things."

Newell added that Valve isn't complacent in the face of new competition to its phenomenally successful Steam portal.

"I and everyone at Valve know that you're only as successful as what you've done lately. So the idea that Steam is somehow the answer to digital distribution ignores the fact that every two or three years, something is going to change dramatically."

As detailed earlier this year, there has been some friction between the two organisations since EA launched Origin, with a number of EA titles not appearing in Valve's store.

For more in-depth coverage of the whole merry bunfight, check out Eurogamer's recent investigation into the state of the PC digital market.