“Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, the videogame development and online distribution company, made a rare appearance last night at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle,” Tricia Duryee reports for AllThingsD.

“Newell, who spent 13 years at Microsoft working on Windows, is not well-known outside of the videogame industry, but the company he has built in Bellevue, Wash., cannot be overlooked,” Duryee reports. “Valve is not only a game developer, producing megahits like Portal 2, it owns and operates Steam, which is the largest consumer-focused digital games distribution platform in the industry. By some measures, it may be valued at $3 billion.”

Duryee reports, “[Newell said] ‘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.”

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MacDailyNews Take: A catastrophe for everyone in the Windows PC space, he means. The one personal computer maker which has outgrown the PC industry for the last 25 consecutive quarters stands to benefit greatly from Microsoft’s Windows 8 debacle.

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