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21. Re: Steam Sale Encore Jan 5, 2013, 20:59 Dev
Golwar wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 20:44:
Dev wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 20:08:
Golwar wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 20:05:
It could also be a general business requirement to become "more serious".
What are you talking about?

They don't have stockholders to impose any such thing on them, they are privately owned.

They have a flat management structure, so no managers, or VPs of marketing or anything like that pushing crap down from on high.

Pretty sure that none of the useless laws passed last year by the useless government said "ZOMG YOU CANT HAVE FUN SALES"

Who exactly were you envisioning would impose something like that on them?

However, they did just last year hire their first economist from what I recall. Maybe they were letting him have a go at running the sales.

They don't have stockholders, true. But they have huge business partners. Maybe you could always realize your dreams without caring about any feedback from others, but trust me that not everyone is that lucky.
If business partners, on which you depend, express certain expectations, you'll sooner or later will have to reach an agreement. Also known as a compromise.

Maybe one the big ones didn't like all that spotlighting of indie titles in the holiday events 2 years ago?
At least that sounds far more reasonable to me than the simple "it stopped being fun".

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.

This comment was edited on Jan 5, 2013, 21:14.
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