avianflu wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 07:40: Whenever Steam is sold off for $$ (and it will) there's all kinds of unpleasant possibilities. A $20 a year maintenance charge to access your games. $20 per install of network client on different computers. $20 to create a Steam account for the first time. etc. And believe me, the suits sitting around the table at Steam are already thinking about the above.
This is silly paranoia with no basis in reality. There has been nothing to establish any foundation for that argument.
Look what netflix tried to do when it split the service, reduced the services, and raised the prices (though happily it failed at all of that). ** We already know this is what digital business can do legally to bring in more revenue on existing user accounts.** Steam is no different. There's nothing legal to stop Steam from changing the rules of access tomorrow morning and then again 6 months from now. Geez look how often phone billing rules change and nothing ever happens to them via any legal entity!
Netflix raising their prices was because content companies raised the price of their licensing from 100 million dollars to over a billion in a two year period. It has nothing to do with Steam either.