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Gabe Newell Comments On Crypto/NFTs: It’s More About The Bad Actors And Less The Technology

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Valve founder and billionaire Gabe Newell has commented on two of the most buzzworthy topics in the tech and gaming space these days: crypto and NFTs. Speaking to Rock Paper Shotgun, Newell doubled down on his lack of excitement and enthusiasm for the crypto/NFT space, which should come as no surprise given that Valve banned games with crypto and NFT elements back in 2021.

In the new interview, Newell said the underlying technology here is “pretty reasonable,” but the implementation of what we’ve seen so far is not something the executive is interested in.

“You have to separate the underlying technology versus which actors are utilizing that technology,” Newell said. “It’s like, if you’re a chemist, and you’re looking at nitrocellulose, you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we can do some really interesting stuff with that.’ And then if everybody’s buying guns and shooting people with them, you’re sort of like, ‘Hey, this whole chemistry thing is great, but there are some outcomes that can be negative.’ Not to equate NFTs with shooting people, but the underlying technology of…

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