Monopolies are bad, mmkay? The rising behemoth of Steam

Posted by | June 1, 2010

An article over at GAMESbrief came to our attention outlining “Five reasons why Steam will destroy the PC games industry” and while the points are fairly valid, the reasons at the end are basically a litany on why monopolies are bad. These reasons of themselves do not display why steam might destroy the PC games industry.

However, that’s not what this article is about. This article is an attempt to persuade game developers to go with a shotgun approach to their own distribution and avoid signing in exclusively with Steam. The fine points (reasons) why monopolies are very bad for the industry become excellent warnings after the article is read in this fashion. Developers happen to hold the keys to the industry as much as customers—if they all go with Steam and won’t support other channels of distribution to spread it