More Randy Pitchford on Steam and the EGS

Randy Pitchford has continued to grind his ax against Steam on Twitter, to the extent that they've been collected into a lengthy Reddit post to make it easier to understand the Gearbox boss's position (thanks Ars Technica). This includes a TL;DR of the TL;DR, saying "Competition good, Steam bad." Here's the longer TL;DR from which that is distilled:
He believes that what we are currently experiencing with EGS is only a mild annoyance towards something that is ultimately very good because Valve had a stranglehold on PC distribution and that is bad.

He believes that in a year or two, EGS will be far more developed than Steam, because Epic is not as complacent as Valve. (I would like to note that Tim Sweeney believes that Steam even has too many features, so Randy is pretty much incorrect)

He thinks that Epic will eventually beat Valve and that in about a decade Steam might be a dying platform, or at least whichever platform is the dominant it will not be Steam. Randy also thinks that the fact that Valve is privately owned is a disadvantage (lol) and compares them with Epic whose outside investors (Tencent, yup, he considers it a good thing) are insisting on constant growth and reinvestment into the business.

Finally, he believes that years from now we will look back to the day that Bl3 came to EGS as an amazing day for gaming because the ''Steam monopoly'' officially died.
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Slashman wrote on Apr 20, 2019, 15:23:
Creston wrote on Apr 20, 2019, 15:04:
Look, I get it, paying 12% at Epic is WAY better for the publishers' shareholders than paying 30% at Steam. And that's fine, I'm not gainsaying that. But this fucking retard rhetoric that all Steam has done over the years is buy more fucking burritos to shove down Gabe's yap is disingenuous and really needs to fucking stop. When and why did Steam suddenly become the fucking boogeyman of PC Gaming? Because Tim Fucking Sweeney said so?

No its because people who have hated Steam for years because they got no Half-Life 3, or Portal 3, and whatever other imaginary games Valve promised them but didn't deliver, now have some sort of solid ground to point and say "take that you lazy fuckers!"

Nevermind these boatloads of features you provided me. You didn't give me more games that I wanted! I mean it literally slips out every Steam/Epic discussion. Despite it having nothing to do with anything.

Yeah, how dare gamers care about a game developer deciding to no longer make games. lol. "despite it having nothing to do with anything" riiiight, because I care more about a web browser in my DRM middleware than the (probably) most profitable game company in the world actually making games.

TBH Epic isn't any better, they have a slower release schedule than Valve I think, and that's saying something.

We're arguing about stores. Why don't people care as much about the Target vs Walmart "debate"? Oh right, because it isn't an issue, because regular people don't really give a shit about where they buy the things they buy. They care about the price, and the product. If they're altruistic, they also care about the people who made the product, but that's a small minority.

Like I've said already, this is new territory for both sides of the industry now with EGS being a real competitor to Steam. Nobody really knows how it's going to shake out, and how the extra money not sucked up by middlemen will break down. There's been what, like 30 games released on EGS so far? This is the beginning of the beginning of this story.

Fact remains that we've seen one example of a game being $10 cheaper (for people in the USA) on EGS, so it can happen, will this become a new norm? That remains to be seen. But that would be good for consumers and publishers/developers. And that would be the greatest threat to Steam's virtual monopoly on digital game distribution on PC. Damn, it's about time.
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