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CES 2014 Show Keynote by Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO (Transcript)

Thanks for being here tonight. Let’s walk over here, and as we talk, we can look at one of your newer systems, too. So can you tell us a little bit about your vision of how games should be developed?

Gabe Newell – Valve CEO

Well, PC gaming has been growing explosively. In the last year, like you said, we’re actually up to 65 million users on Steam now. Our partner revenue has more than doubled in the last year, and we’re even reaching a point where game like Dota 2, people will play that game more than people will watch Monday night football. And those are pretty amazing milestones. When you ask us why is that happening? What’s the engine that’s driving it? Well, obviously, Intel CPUs, Intel graphics horsepower, but it’s the openness of this platform, the way that we all benefit from each other’s innovation.

Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel

So I heard you made some really great announcements today. Can you talk to us a little bit about what those are?

Gabe Newell – Valve CEO

Yep, earlier today, we announced that we’re coming out with partners, and we’re releasing over a dozen new Steam machines. These are living-room-friendly form factor devices designed to connect to your big-screen televisions. They run SteamOS, which is based on Linux, and they incorporate a hardware controller, a game controller, that allows you to use all of your PC games and applications from the comfort of your couch.

So another thing I have here — this is one of those devices — it’s from Gigabyte — it’s called the Brix II that incorporates fourth generation Intel Core processor as well as Intel Iris graphics. And it’s working with Intel to tackle these kinds of form factor issues that we think is going to bring the excitement of PC gaming into your living room.

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Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel

Wow, that’s really fantastic. So can you show us what the SteamOS looks like and what one of the new games looks like?

Gabe Newell – Valve CEO

Sure. So over here, we have the SteamOS running on a Brix II. Let’s go ahead and – one of the nice things about Steam is that if you buy a game to play on your PC, then you also have it when you’re running a Steam machine in your living room or on an airplane. So we’re going to go ahead and jump into one of those games. This is Dota 2. It’s our latest game. And if you have a saved game or set up your key configs on your PC, then it’s going to work for you just as well in your living room.

It’s running a tutorial mission right here. And this is our most recent game. It’s available on PC, on the Macintosh, and Linux, as well. So we’re tremendously excited about this opportunity to work with Intel, to work with their partners, to bring all the power of PC gaming into your living room. I want to thank everyone here for that and also, especially, Intel. Thank you very much.

Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel

Thank you, Gabe. That was great.

Okay. I’m going to switch gears for a minute now. I want to talk about another way technology can lead a transformation.

We make billions upon billions of those 14-nanometer transistors and those 22-nanometer transistors every day. They’re built in factories like the one you see behind me. As you begin to put those factories around the world, you begin to think about the impact on the supply chain and the potential issues that you could be causing. This is not an issue we would normally talk about at CES, but it is an issue that’s very important and personal to me. That issue is conflict minerals.

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And that’s the challenge that we took over four years ago. The solution isn’t easy. But nothing worthwhile ever is. The minerals are important. Our industry relies on them. But it’s not as critical as the lives of people mining them. We knew we couldn’t do it alone. So over the last four years we worked with our industry, governments around the world, and groups like the Enough to transform the issue. We tracked these minerals from the mines to the smelters to our factories. I’m here tonight to tell you that years of work has paid off. Tonight, I’m excited to announce that every Intel microprocessor we manufacture in 2014 will be conflict-free.

We are inviting the entire industry to join us in this journey. For those of you here tonight, you can come to the Intel booth on Wednesday for a moderated discussion that I’m having with industry experts and social activists on this subject.

Okay. Our success in conflict minerals gives me hope for the future. But there is something that gives me even more hope, and that’s what this conference is really about: innovators. I’ve been lucky to work my entire career at Intel – and as Gary mentioned earlier tonight — a company founded and driven by innovators and innovation. This evening I’d like to introduce to you some of the innovators, entrepreneurs and hobbyists who are using our technology to transform the world.

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