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GOG to go through some reorganization after suffering losses

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While Steam continues to do well with it being the most popular games store, it seems CD PROJEKT Group's store GOG is really starting to struggle.

CD PROJEKT recently released their latest financial results, along with a call with investors that went over how the whole business is doing. It's not all bad news for them, since they saw overall 38% more sales revenue compared to the third quarter of last year. On the GOG side though, it posted increasing losses and so it's going to be restructured.

Over the current year to date it appears GOG has seen losses of about $2.21 million, which is pretty bad considering the 1.37 million they gained during the same period last year.

They've said that GOG "should focus more on its core business activity - which means offering a handpicked selection of games with its unique DRM- free philosophy" and so there's going to be some changes to the GOG team, with some moving over instead to CD PROJEKT RED. Additionally, they've "initiated reorganization of GOG’s operations" to focus on the "core business" and they're hoping this will "improve its financial effectiveness in 2022".

It's not really surprising, when you think that Epic Games continue to desperately try and turn a profit by pulling more customers to their store and even they don't expect to turn a profit until at least 2024.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: GOG, Meta
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Schleichfahrt 5 Dec, 2021
Quoting: scaineI have the same annoyance when the Humble Choice comes out each month, because while Humble allows Steam linking for redeeming the games, there's no library search function. So I have to grab the title, visit steampowered.com, enter it and see if I own it. Doing that for 10-12 games... it's just a bit tedious.

The Augmented Steam extension has a feature that adds a "Search Steam Store for <marked text>" entry to the right click menu. You can't use it everywhere (for example when you can't (easily) select text on a website), but it's usually pretty convenient and saves a lot of time.
But you're right of course, 3rd-party stores should have library syncing and (or at least) links to Steam.
dvd 5 Dec, 2021
Quoting: damarrinValve isn't publicly traded as far as I can tell, so they don't have to chase profits and forecasts at any cost like a lot of the "evil" companies do. That's not to say they won't become evil at some point, people in power and business practices change.

A monopoly is _never_ good, so it's always worth it to have some competition to turn to. Their dominance/monopoly in the Linux space is unfortunately insignificant, though I find it very hard these days to give money to GOG what with their Linux support being the afterthought that it is.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped Linux support entirely now they're "restructuring".

It's unlikely, as even with the slow hype DRM free is getting, it's still disproportionately better selling point among us nutters than your average "gamer".
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