Notch Talks About Why Minecraft Isn’t On Steam

Notch loves Steam. Like, he really, really loves Steam. He loves it so much that if he got Steam pregnant, he wouldn’t insist it get an abortion. That’s dedication.

But, as always, there’s that thing he won’t do for love, and that thing is put Minecraft on Steam. And here’s why, as he explains on his blog:

Being on Steam limits a lot of what we’re allowed to do with the game, and how we’re allowed to talk to our users. We (probably?) wouldn’t be able to, say, sell capes or have a map market place on minecraft.net that works with steam customers in a way that keeps Valve happy. It would effectively split the Minecraft community into two parts, where only some of the players can access all of the weird content we want to add to the game.

We are talking to Valve about this, but I definitely understand their reasons for wanting to control their platform. There’s a certain inherent incompatibility between what we want to do and what they want to do. So there’s no big argument, we just don’t want to limit what we can do with Minecraft. Also, Steam is awesome. Much more awesome than certain other digital distribution platforms that we would NOT want to release Minecraft on.

Yeah, I guess. But if BioWare can sell Mass Effect 2 DLC via the BioWare Social Network, and that works with Steam, why wouldn’t the same go for Minecraft? I don’t understand!

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