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GPD are getting quite desperate against the Steam Deck

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Think GPD are a trustworthy company to buy devices from? Well, with the Steam Deck now here, they appear desperate.

Recently, they started taking various Steam Deck videos from YouTube creators, sticking them together with a look at their own devices and not crediting any of the people who put the work into those videos. On top of that, GPD has been attaching a "Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)" license to the videos, again, without permission from the original creators.

It's not a good look, and some of those creators have started fighting back.

When pulling them up on it on Twitter, I expected some sort of reply (even a snarky one to my obvious bait) or just to do the honourable thing to correctly get permission for using videos from other people. At the very least slapping in a link to the channels they're pinching things from in the description / a pinned comment for people to see. Did any of that happen? No. Instead, here's the official response from GPD:

I've never personally used one of their devices, and would have happily taken a look at any point with Linux installed onto one. Even some direct Steam Deck comparisons. Now though? This is not painting a good picture of GPD as a company.

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Liam Dawe 6 Apr
Another YouTuber got in touch, they've also issued a takedown request.
Upscale 6 Apr
Quoting: Liam DaweAnother YouTuber got in touch, they've also issued a takedown request.
Nice one. All they need is 3 takedown requests within 90 days (they can all be from the same creator too) and GPD lose their whole youtube channel forever.
Problem is, how many who uploaded videos care about it, or even know they are doing it?
And creative commons won't help them at all, Youtube take very swift action against copyright claims. I've been through it myself, shamefully


Last edited by Upscale on 6 April 2022 at 1:07 pm UTC
ridge 6 Apr
That's somewhat surprising actually, been vaguely interested in GPD devices for a while. But now? Not so much anymore.
The silver lining is that... this doesn't matter. The (non-Switch) handheld market share is gonna get completely swallowed by the Deck anyway. It's just too damn cheap to compete against. That alone leaves them with no chance whatsoever.. but on top of that, people are also happy or at least mostly happy with SteamOS and even more so with the Deck's hardware.


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mylka 6 Apr
Quoting: subFirst time I've heard of that company.

they got mentioned in so many steam deck videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NK1I6S_vFs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR0b8fROHNk
setzer22 6 Apr
Being a happy owner of several GPD devices (as well as recently a Deck), the first thing I thought when I saw the steam deck announcement was: These guys are screwed.

And I can't help but feeling sad about it :/ The've pioneered the whole handheld gaming thing and made that a reality several years before valve came and announced the Deck. Their products *worked* as a steam gaming device way before Valve even thought this was a good idea, they basically did the market research for them. It's sad to see them now being run out of business by the bigger corporation. Valve is selling the deck at a loss because they can afford it, and that will take care of killing off the "competition". But such is the brutal world of business ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway, I don't like people abusing copyright law to do stupid things. They are obviously in the wrong about this, but I don't think rehashing what everybody agrees with would contribute much to the discussion at this point.


Last edited by setzer22 on 6 April 2022 at 3:01 pm UTC
Pengling 6 Apr
I've got a couple of GPD devices (GPD MicroPC, and GPD Win Max 2021) - they're nice machines and both run Xubuntu (my favoured distro) excellently. However, when they reach the end of their working lives years down the line, I won't be considering GPD again - this bad conduct has put me off. Hopefully the Steam Deck opening up this market to the masses will lead to some other company offering mini-sized gaming laptops with built-in controls by then!
pete910 6 Apr
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Quoting: setzer22Valve is selling the deck at a loss because they can afford it

Can you link to the info/BOM that has that regards costings?
TheSHEEEP 6 Apr
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Quoting: setzer22Valve is selling the deck at a loss because they can afford it,
I honestly doubt that.
This isn't a console that can make up for selling at a loss with absurd stuff like costs-to-play-online or generally overpriced games.
Nor is it going to bring it tons of new customers - I'd bet that 99% of buyers are Steam customers anyway.
CatKiller 6 Apr
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Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: setzer22Valve is selling the deck at a loss because they can afford it,
I honestly doubt that.
This isn't a console that can make up for selling at a loss with absurd stuff like costs-to-play-online or generally overpriced games.
Nor is it going to bring it tons of new customers - I'd bet that 99% of buyers are Steam customers anyway.
I suspect that at the scale they're seeing, it probably isn't selling at a loss now because of economies of scale, but if demand had been more tepid (which it absolutely could have been) and they were only making them on the scale of any other niche small-run PC hardware then they'd have been selling at a loss - the cost of all of those is much higher than that of the Deck. But the product is a demonstration device of Linux gaming ("new ways for prospective users to get into Linux gaming and experience these improvements" as Valve described it) for strategic purposes - it doesn't have to make any money.


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