A corporation is a corporation is a corporation is a corporation.
It's sole purpose is to make an ever-increasing profit for it's stakeholders...seemingly at any cost.
Forgive my cynicism, but I have much more faith in the ability of human greed and maleficence to overcome the human spirit, the larger and more successful a corporation becomes.
There seems to be less legislative incentive for larger companies to simply care, about the end-user. I mean, the prevailing attitude of recent times in the software industry is that, once they see the market likes their shit / trusts them to a degree, they abuse this fact and start doing all kinds of errant, stupid abusive things (see, Microsoft, Macintosh, Google, Ford, GM etc etc etc etc etc) which of course, one can then say "well if you don't like them, don't buy their shit". This is indeed true, but when looking at a product say, a PC operating system, it's a little difficult if you want to compete / thrive / be able to do work on a computer with everyone else around you.
Corporations aren't designed to care...they're designed to make profits. The people in them are supposed to care....but...as I said earlier I have much more faith in the ability of human greed and maleficence to overcome the human spirit, the larger and more successful a corporation becomes.
So valve, in and of itself, isn't evil, it's the key people involved in letting this decision take place, that are.