Blizzard COO "excited" by Steam Machines

Paul Sams says "If anybody's going to be able to do it, it would be [Valve]."

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Blizzard COO Paul Sams is "excited" to see what Valve does in the living room space with its new line of Steam Machines, the executive told GameSpot at BlizzCon last night.

"I'm excited to see what they do, to be honest," Sams said. "Obviously with Steam, they've done great things; they're a talented group. And I would say that if anybody's going to be able to do it, it would be them."

Sams went on to praise Valve further, saying the company has a proven track record of delivering compelling products and services, and Steam Machines could be their next hit.

"I think Valve is a really great company," Sams said. "I think [Valve cofounder Gabe Newell] and his team have consistently and regularly done great stuff, and I think if anybody could do it, they can."

A variety of Steam Machines, from Valve and numerous other manufacturers, will be available in 2014. Valve has also created its own controller for the system, featuring trackpads in favor of traditional thumbsticks.

Blizzard is not the only company to be paying attention to what Valve does in the living room space. Platform holders Microsoft and Sony have both commented on the technology, with Microsoft saying Valve's road into the living room won't be without difficulty.

For more from Sams, check out GameSpot's video interview below.

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