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?


via GameSpot

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11 Comments on Notch: “Dangerous” for Steam to Dominate Digital PC Market

bob

On March 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

notch is just a fat wanker who steals ideas and makes them his own

ScrewTheConsole

On March 18, 2012 at 2:43 am

minecraft is !

ScrewTheConsole

On March 18, 2012 at 2:44 am

minecraft is s*it!

Commander Shepard

On March 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

but he is right, its boardering on a monopoly. but since there are more digial retailers its really not. the only reason it dominates is because its good, others will have to fallow suit and become better to have a chance. this is why whats happenign is great. if the others do not fallow the lead then they failed.

Fasy

On March 18, 2012 at 6:05 am

i wonder what steam fees are or 10% of the sales money? ( if they really have such kind of things ) to publish games from the creators … i agree with notch because if things like Origins or Steam would dominate the market then the Publisher of games would have it really hard for selling games either

well notch sold his game over 5 million times but the future can be scary

user

On March 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

There will almost always be one that is dominant.

Valve is a good company, so its not that big of a deal. If it wasn’t Valve, it would be another and that could be a big deal.

G.A.R.B.A.G.E

On March 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

Wait! was it not Gamspy/IGN that just sold Direct2Drive to GameFly? Yes.
Still wants to cry monopoly foul? lol

To me its not Steam as Digital Distributor that is the problem but..
“Steamworks” intergration its self that dose make it hard for the competition to sell the same games imo.
Consumer buys “X” game at say Amazon or other site or retail and they still have to install Steam or Activate keys on Steam with most games anyway, and that comes with a Steam client with a whole catalog of games and prices/sales, that free marketing/adverting gives Steam customers selection, convenience, and reasons not to leave and shop elsewhere.

I still keep and eye on http://www.deals4downloads.com/ for the best deals, and Amazon to date still seems to be the most competitive with keeping up with Steam sale prices. Amazon seems to have the buying power for catalog selection and to keep games cheap, to match the same sales and price of Steams. Other online retailers (EA Origin, Impulse/Gamestop) just fail miserably at selection and/or sale price matching period. While others are just mediocre at best at trying GOG Greenmangaming, GamersGate ect,.

Its doesn’t mater where you buy it, at what cheaper price, if it still requires a Steam Client integrated to install and run it…Valve/Steam wins.

MadMax

On March 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

steam is fine… if steam is the best, its cuz its the best…. they even offer specials on video games, Some thing you will NEVER see at futureshop or best buy.

Trooper

On March 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I think that Origin is a poor excuse for a digital distribution engine, and needs to die miserably so as to make room for something better that might ACTUALLY compete with steam. I love steam, I just hope they don’t grow so large they see themselves become the monster. DRM free is the way of the future, if companies don’t see that then they’ll choke their customers to death until they start to hate them.

IzayoiKagemaru

On March 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

My only fret with Steam dominating most of the digital PC market is their “Selectivity”, they are very selective of what games they put on there.

A lot of Games get rejected, most of the times with the excuse “the game doesn’t fit steam or its user base”.

This is concerning for small Indies, they used to take almost anything now that they grew to be the monster they are they just want the bread and butter,
Either that or games that were successful and have high scores on the PSN\XBLA services, its no longer about supplying games to people its supplying just what they deem the best.

Which makes the future grim to small developers given most are already overshadowed by the big dogs this makes it worse given STEAM is the greater opportunity for product visibility.

People may cry about EA’s Origin but its just an extension of the previously named EA Store its still an improvement over their stupid EADM manager.

More competition can’t hurt I personally don’t want a selective market that chooses what I can and can’t buy.

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