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Steam Sale Encore

The Steam Website now features the promised encore of the Steam 2012 Holiday Sale. They have relisted a bunch of game sales to run for the next 48 hours.

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23. Re: Steam Sale Encore Jan 5, 2013, 21:09 Golwar
 
Dev wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 20:59:

My personal dreams and the feedback I get on them have nothing to do with Valve and steam and their partners lol.
I don't think valve cares much about what the other parties who sell on steam think about the sales of other games that aren't owned by the people complaining. Remember that prices (including the sales prices) on steam are ultimately decided on by the publishers. If valve bowed easily to things like pressure from companies like EA, why would EA have started pulling titles over in game purchases?

Valve could survive just fine on their own games and on indie games. And they may well end up doing so, if all the other big companies start doing their own platforms like EA has done. We already know that EA hates big sales on their own IP, and feels it devalues the IP.

And the indie games WERE still spotlighted this year. There were indie games on the dailies, on the flash, and on non front page sales. There was even a big pack of indie games spotlighted on the front page.

See, it was quite obvious that you never made such business experiences. What you think about Valve caring or not caring is not relevant. Not to mention: Not a realistic view.

Of course Valve will listen to the feedback and suggestions of their most important partners. They need co-operation, especially with projects as the Steam Box around the corner.

And lastly, I didn't say that they demanded Steam to abandon Indies, they just reduced spotlighting them. I think it was 2 years ago when they had that crazy daily achievment hunting for game gifts (or coals)? The huge majority of those were related to indie games.

I'd bet that some huge publishers complained that this would shift too much attention on indie games and the result: they are gone.

Till you manage to offer a better explanation than "it stopped being fun", I'll consider my theory far more realistic and reasonable.

Edit: Oh and before you repeat that stuff about missing stockholders, flat management and doing only fun projects. All that this means is that they can enjoy the freedom to do whatever kind of projects they want and approach those however it pleases them. Internally.

Once when they get out into the big world and need partners to make their shiny ideas a success, they will sooner or later have to do compromises. Everyone does.

This comment was edited on Jan 5, 2013, 21:22.
 
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