Notch: “Dangerous” for Steam to Dominate Digital PC Market
Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson recently stated that the notion of Steam monopolizing the digital PC distribution market is both dangerous and frightening.
Speaking to GameSpy, Persson said:
I think it’s a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam. I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary.
I have to agree with Notch — healthy competition prevents companies from becoming complacent.
Persson added that competing services like EA’s Origin are good for the market. However, he is surprised by the implementation of some of Origin’s services.
Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam, which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam. They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it.
I wasn’t a fan of Steam when it first launched, but it’s come a long way over the years, to which its success is a testament. Origin should have launched with a leg up.
What’s your take?