Retailers Versus Steam?

A story on MCV with a quote in the headline (which isn't in the article itself) stating "Valve monopoly is killing PC market," reports they understand "that at least two big-name digital retailers are facing financial difficulties as they struggle to compete" with Steam. "I've fought hard for my customer, and never before have I had to give my customers away. Steam is killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing," says the director of a Steam rival. "Steam is locking down the market." In a separate report they also discuss retailer dissatisfaction with Steam's dominance of the marketplace, which insiders tell them amounts to 80% of PC downloadable games. Since this competes with online sales initiatives by retailers, they say at least two major U.K. merchants will demand that publishers remove Steam integration from their games or they will refuse to sell them. With PC game sales at retail stores in steady decline, it seems an odd moment for these stores to flex their atrophying muscle, but they quote the head of sales at a big-name digital service provider saying: "At the moment the big digital distributors need to stock games with Steam. But the power resides with bricks and mortar retailers, they can refuse to stock these titles. Publishers are hesitant, but retail must put pressure on them."
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:31
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I don't buy games if they aren't on Steam (and to some extent Impulse). The only B&M games I buy are collector edition Blizzard games. Retail stores can fuck off.

That's pretty much where I am. While there was never a conscious shift, I can't remember the last physical game I bought that wasn't a CE. And more and more I find that if it isn't on Steam yet, I just wait until it shows up or I don't bother at all...

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Nov 11, 2010, 10:27
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:27
 
Publishers are hesitant, but retail must put pressure on them.

As they should be. I don't buy games if they aren't on Steam (and to some extent Impulse). The only B&M games I buy are collector edition Blizzard games. Retail stores can fuck off.
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:20
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:20
 
What a lot of these guys are forgetting is for the longest time the only games on steam were first party titles. I think what is "killing" these rival digital distribution services is that they don't have any major first party exclusive games/software. Steam was made a success early on because of Half-life and counter-strike.

Simply reselling games isn't going to cut it you have to give us a reason to use your service.
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:12
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What a crock of shit. Steam has done wonders for PC gaming. It doesn't have a monopoly since there are many other digital distribution channels to choose from.

Whoever wrote this article must be really butthurt. Yea, I'm guessing it's that dick bag Wardell.
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Nov 11, 2010, 10:10
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"I've fought hard for my customer, and never before have I had to give my customers away. Steam is killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing," says the director of a Steam rival. "Steam is locking down the market."

Brad, is that you?

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