To everyone that thinks Valve is wrong here:
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My favorite game is published by its developer. They are only selling online from their website after having done a limited retail deal. There are people from 3rd world countries who purchase the game for the same price everyone else does. This company, by their account, doesn't have a pirating problem and I find their copy protection/licensing scheme to be non-invasive. This company, by their account, is doing quite well to the point of delaying a major new release until after
the Christmas season so they can enjoy the time with their families.
What we have here is a case of a company saying they want to make more of a profit off of people who can afford to pay more and they are willing to make less of a profit off of people who can't afford to pay as much. Valve is determining the market rather than the consumer. This is a perverse notion in a "free market society", if a market is going to be regulated I'd rather have it regulated by the government than by a company.
They say that charging people overseas the same price would result in more piracy because they can't afford to pay our price. Not once have they mentioned the possibility of lowering prices here to match prices in 3rd world countries.
They would rather say there is something wrong with people trying to find the lowest price. They never stopped to consider that if these people can't buy the game at a reduced price maybe their only other option if they want the game is to resort to piracy like the 3rd world folks they think are entitled to a lower price.
So, if Valve wants to charge me more because they think it's okay to make more money off of me than another customer based on marketing research they are going to be disappointed. I'll stick to supporting software companies who's goal isn't to become richer by suckering chumps, but to make great pc games.