The more competition the better (:

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    196 months ago

    I mean, worse thing that can happen is that valve becomes a public traded company with greedy stockholders… Like basically all their current competitors. I’m happy that a lot of what they did with Proton is FOSS. Even if they stop tomorrow, all that work will remain and continue. That’s a lasting contribution. Not sure I can say the same for the rest.

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      6 months ago

      Sure but if you treat them like a monopoly and your library depends on them, they can turn around and make things go bad for everyone real quick. The tools used to run the games on Linux might be open source, Steam is still a form of DRM that you depend on to play your games! They could easily start charging a monthly subscription to not have ads pop-ups in game!

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        76 months ago

        They could easily start charging a monthly subscription to not have ads pop-ups in game!

        No, they could not. Regulators would stop that very quickly. Steam is large enough that would be noticed.

        Now, tell me what the other stores have to offer? Epic has the same issues, but with less games and more crappy launcher. Gog is DRM free… But those games you can get DRM free elsewhere too. The rest have very limited catalog and little features.

        In the end Steam is big because they are doing things better by most players standards. I will be extremely happy the day the competition starts doing something aside from “being the underdog”.

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        66 months ago

        Well they don’t make the games so they couldn’t really do that nor would game developers be very appreciative of that. But I see your point. There’s nothing stopping you buying all your games on steam then making a copy of them elsewhere to play with a steam emulator if it goes tits up

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          “We’re reducing our cut from 30% to 15% and introducing ads for players that don’t want to pay.”

          Tada! Most devs would fall in line just like they don’t mind releasing on Steam instead of other platforms that take a smaller cut just to have access to a bigger player pool.