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jdreyer wrote on May 8, 2021, 03:13:
I really fail to understand how all these people raised in the West with our long tradition of free market competition are actually defending a defacto monopoly like Steam. Perhaps large swaths of the country converted to Fascism or Communism and their preferences for state-controlled monopolies while I was busy raising a family and gaming?

The only reason Steam's "most favored nation" status is remotely enforceable is because the have 75% of the market. Unless you're Blizzard or backed by megabillion dollar corporations like Tencent or Facebook, you *have* to be on Steam or you'll go under. If Steam was 10% of the market, there's no way they could enforce that.

Maybe because the alternative this 'free market' leads to is more like Amazon. Where a single company uses it's billions to stifle competition in an attempt to become the monopoly. This by for example selling products at a loss, something Epic has already hinted at to be willing to do and has to some extend already done this through a sale without consent from the devs where the explanation was that Epic would still pay the full price revenue to the devs.
While you claim Steam is the defacto monopoly, the price deal provides air to competition, we've seen plenty of other stores pop up like GOG, greenman gaming, humble store, Epic store. It allows stores to differentiate themselves on service level instead of trying to stifle competition, which in my opinion is more of a free market.

Another reason is that people have a vested interest in certain stores due to the games they have bought on that store and where the license is stored on that store's servers. So if the store was to go under, people would possibly lose access to their games. This is a problem with how the stores have evolved. Even for GOG which offers DRM free copies of games, if you don't have the storage to store all of them, you're dependent on the store.
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