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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Retailers and competitors threaten to boycott Steam


Most gamers would agree that Steam is a force of good in the world of gaming. Sure, it’s digital delivery laced with DRM, but Valve has been great about giving players actual incentives to swallow that bitter pill including a robust achievement system, the ability to save their games to the cloud, the ability to own their games on every platform with just a single purchase and a constant barrage of sales.

Needless to say, though, there’s a lot of people who don’t like Steam: namely, brick and mortar game retailers and other digital delivery services. Now MCV is reporting that these groups are looking to team up and boycott all games that use Steam.

Basically, the complaint is this: even though many games that are on Steam are available in retail stores, Valve still requires them to build Steam into the game, which in turn installs it to a shopper’s hard drive and is required to actually run the game. Retailers and brick-and-mortars say this is creating an iTunes-like monopoly on the digital delivery games market, where they are being forced to sell their rival and install it on users’ machines… thus making them more likely to buy their next game directly from Valve.

You know, they have a point, but look at the list of amazing things that Steam does besides sell games and protect them with DRM that we listed in the first paragraph. Now tell me: are rival digital delivery services or brick-and-mortars offering a service that competes with that? They’re not, which is why they are going obsolete. Steam’s becoming a monopoly through its unique excellence, not due to underhanded business practices. This is just sour grapes, and my guess is that a boycott’s not going to do a thing to stop these behind-the-times businesses from going belly up.

56 comments:

Joebloggs said...

I wish games were cheaper, I'm poor

kokojesta said...

hmmm cool info thanks ;)

Buff Drinklots said...

AKA Activision crying over stupid shit and wanting to make COD Monthly.

textileengineer said...

very impressive post!

Witdarkstar said...

It's funny because it's not monopoly since there are other DL services. Valve is just doing it right with Steam.

Dan said...

Umm a long long time ago, while I was still playing CS 1.5 we would often say "Steam is gay". We really hated steam. It is full of problems and seems to, more often than not, hurt before it helps. I can see where this boycott is coming from, but unfortunately they need to adapt to the changing environment. One solid example of why their move is stupid comes from the entire p2p debate/war. If record companies would have embraced the new filesharing, they could have made more money than they did the past 10 years. Don't be stupid companies, learn from history.

Amberclad said...

yeah steam is quite nice =)

Coupons_Ftw said...

Steam is great, except that there are problems, but they are getting better and better. The nice sales make up for it though.

Come At Me Bro said...

Sweet game!

Daytona Jones said...

I still dont know how I feel about Steam.

Mr. Clean said...

that would definitely suck

Hammer Time! said...

great, this is awesome

T.dot said...

steam is smart, they mad

Epic Battlezone said...

thanks for the update

Secret Handshake said...

I never thought about it that way

Home Alone Stoned said...

that was a good read

Advice from Uncle Joey said...

nice, thanks for sharing

Arnold Poindexter said...

good post, can't wait for more

Steiner Recliner said...

this is great!

Inside View said...

wow, good info here

DIY Warrior said...

interesting... I'll check back tomorrow

Donkote said...

wow that would suck if Steam got banned...so many people use it

Paul said...

lol boycott wont do anything. I will always use steam over the other alternatives. Valve are fucking geniuses. Steam went from OMGIFUCKINGHATETHISTRASHFUCKSTEAMGODGODNONONONFUUUUU to OMG I LOVE STEAM AND GABE /suck suck suck

kokojesta said...

i think steam works well for me :)

SpringyB said...

Steam isn't bad I just hate having it run in the background.

Brandon said...

Kind of surprised they didn't threaten sooner

jura1991 said...

nice info

tortacular said...

watching this space..

Mark said...

I used Steam to install Football Manager once. It worked fine until Steam decided "You know what would be fun? If I wipe your save-files after updating the game!"

I've never used it since.

Sebastian said...

Great post!

Longkid said...

Wow crazy stuff!

vogelhut said...

They'll never kill the Steam.

KTOTHES said...

Have a pc? want pc games? STEAMMMMMM
yeah they kinda have a hold of the whole market.

dee jey said...

greate post dude

Matte said...

Steam need to lower prices. so can be used by a lot of ppl

Suciô Sanchez said...

I'd totally given up on PC gaming till Steam came along. Now the 360 is gathering dust.

iRetiv said...

i guess if they like it..

Kris159 said...

I REALLY doubt that steam will go away after just this boycott, it's a great system and people won't just stop using it

Kikimora said...

Great info!

rebekillah said...

steam is quite nice

Hitchcock said...

thanks for the info

ModerneFusion said...

steam ftw~~!!

hippilazma said...

i suppose steam is cool

Astra said...

steam is fun

Sebastian said...

Thanks for sharing!

Steven Phan said...

coool thanks.

kokojesta said...

lookin forward to the next post!

Come At Me Bro said...

I need to try this!

FORISBAN said...

great post dude!

Unlogic said...

I like steam.. its easy to buy games and play them when you like and on whatever machine you own ! :)

Erroneous Maximus said...

I love people who complain that they didn't do something as well as someone else. It's like if all the other sprinters in the Olympics teamed up against the gold medalist because he was too fast, and should be boycotted from the games.

Bart said...

lol i stopped dealing with steam long ago

Ronoh said...

Steam has some BS to it, but overall it is worth it. Steam for the win!

James Forrester said...

As I said earlier, fuck the shops. If I can buy games off Steam for 3x cheaper than retail, I'll buy them off steam.


I'm not paying 2-5x more for a box. I'll start buying games off you start charging a LOT less.

Warmahmmer said...

Capitalism in the game world...

Chris said...

sorry but I'm 100% anti steam - I won't own a pc game that requires steam.

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