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jdreyer wrote on May 9, 2021, 14:52:
Verno wrote on May 9, 2021, 14:37:
Instead of getting mad that I'm invoking Godwin's law, why not refute my points?

It's a shitty thing that you keep doing on purpose and you know better, that's why.

I'm using hyperbole to point out the absurdity of defending Steam's practices. I apologize for using it in my response to you, as you gave a more nuanced argument. Some of the other posters simply give a full-throated defense of Steam, which is ridiculous. Steam is not their friend. Valve's goal is to get as much of their money as possible, and this MFN rule of theirs is part of it. They should be angry that Steam artificially keeps prices high by preventing price competition. Instead, they defend it. It makes no sense.

I'm just wondering why you're so set on riling people up on getting angry at Valve/Steam for allegedly keeping prices high without any proof. As far as I've found there's no actual realeased version of this allegde MFN/price parity. The only documentation i found was for use of Steam keys to sell on other platforms. In which they say you can't use the keys, where Valve doens't get a cut, to offer a lower price than Steam itself. Which is a price that the developers/publishers themselves choose.
Steam key docs

Considering the prices of EGS exclusives are similar to what the games would cost on Steam, the argument of high price fixing seems weird as well. On top of that big publishers have increased the prices of games on PC to 60$ and now 70$ and have in the past stated that lowering said prices would cheapens their intellectual property.
example

In a similar lawsuit filed earlier this year something similar was claimed, while arguing that it's more of a problem that lowering prices on other platforms would force them to lower prices on steam which cuts too much in their share of the revenue. So it's less an MFN for keeping prices high and more of an MFN that forces prices on Steam to be same as the lowest offered. The fact that they included quotes from Tim Sweeney about price fixing gives it less validity imo.
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