- May 21, 2013
It's not that 'steam is good'. It is more that Steam did it first, and most people's bulk of libraries exist on Steam. There is..pretty much zero reason for other 'fronts'. It isn't even about Steam doing it best, but the bulk of the issues have been worked out. Multiple clients that only sell certain games is not the answer. If Steam required that you ONLY buy games from Steam, that would be one thing, but it doesn't. You can buy games from dozens of other venues and activate them on Steam and at times cheaper than Steam offers. That is a HUGE advantage. Therefore, none of these other fronts offer ANYTHING that is an advantage to Steam. This is coming from someone who was a very late adopter.
These other groups starting their own are simply trying to cash in on that success and ultimately, most will fail long before Steam does and/or will never reach the success or list of games available. The only reason GOG has been successful is due to the non DRM. None of these other companies want non DRM because they are more worried about the money - otherwise they'd just promote Steam.
I mean, you spend your first few sentences restating a point I already made about entrenchment.
Then you get wrong on the fact that these other key sites don't sell for the other platforms.
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/assassins-creed-origins [uplay key only]
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/...ame-of-the-year-edition?hmb_source=search_bar [gog key only]
https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/battlefield-v-pc/ [origin only]
Similarly, you can search for those games on fanatical, razer, etc., and find that they all sell keys for all the platforms (although humble didn't seem to have any origin keys), and they can often sell for less than their respective platform. That argument is moot.
And these other companies all have their own launchers PRECISELY because they DON'T want to promote Steam.