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Is Valve a dangerous monopoly?

Absolut187 (816431) writes | about 5 years ago

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Absolut187 (816431) writes "Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford says Steam's domination is "dangerous," and exploits small developers. "Steam helps us as customers, but it's also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that's not totally fair." "Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service it's providing. It's exploiting a lot of small guys." "There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid." "Steam isn't the answer." Is he right? And if so, what is the answer?"
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The answer is... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | about 5 years ago | (#29699761)

... go somewhere else! Let's see. Amazon Games,, Direct2Drive, Impulse, GamersGate, Xfire Store....

Steam dominates... (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | about 5 years ago | (#29701215)

Steam dominates because frankly its the best of its kind out there. People always like to whine when someone is #1 by a wide margin, thinking that "fair" somehow involves self-handicapping and that if someone dominates that much then it MUST be because they are strong-arming "the small guys." The reality is is that Steam is the best at what it does, and the company it's associated with also makes, simply put, fantastic games. If Valve's service is so "exploitative" then the "small guys" are more than free to find alternative modes of distribution.

Of course, Gearbox's CEO's claim is really just out of his own self-interest.

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