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There is an idea running in this and other sites that feeds the Steam hate.
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We have read this ridiculous lawsuit thing against Valve, filled by a bunch of people who I guess have not realized what some of you have not realized too.

STEAM IS NOT A MONOPOLY.

Sorry for the caps, but I can not believe that there are people here acting as if we were in a closed environment in which we are forced to run a single digital store. You know what I mean: Consoles.

This is PC and this is a LINUX forum, an OS that is based on the concept of freedom to choose. Aside from the Steam OS, I don't know about any single distro that Steam comes preinstalled.

It is ridiculous that someone has to point this, in Windows, there are plenty of stores from where to buy games:
Origin, Windows Store(Xbox Live), Epic, GOG, UPLAY, Stadia, even PSN with PSN remote play.
Also aside from CHINA, most of these stores are available to sell their games, despite all of these lacks local coin except ponds, euros and US dollars which is a rip to anyone who doesn't live in the "first world"

Steam is powerful, can you blame Valve? what is the competition doing to get a bigger bit from the PC market?
EPIC games exclusive games at 60$ despite it was told to us that lower cuts, lower prices for customers.
Origin, exclusive games at 60$ and THEY DONT EVEN NEED A CUT, those are their OWN GAMES, for God sake.
GOG...
UPLAY, same as ORIGIN needs no cuts, still 60$ every time they copy/paste Assassins Creed.
STADIA, games at 60$, despite they are just streaming games, you don't need to download huge DLCs or huge updates on every single computer, one update to one client, and they are done.

At this moment the argument "Steam higher cuts are harming customers because this causes expensive prices" sounds like a cheap political campaign promise, a straight lie just to win some votes.

Valve is doing what any other retailer will do in the same situation, asking manufacturers to sell at the same price, which seems fair because, in the end, the competition is about service. In a situation that any store gets a lower price this damage not only Steam but your beloved GOG, ORIGIN, even Console stores which I'm pretty sure to ask the same to devs, not selling the game cheaper on PC.

It is quite obvious this is aiming to damage Valve image as every other store(except for GOG which is desperate to get games) is doing the same, even worst as EPIC has not let some games into their store because they didn't accept exclusivity deal.
https://kotaku.com/indie-developer-explains-why-he-rejected-epic-store-s-e-1837448809

So in the end, PC gaming is a free market and if some devs do not agree with Valve Agreement the best they can do is to reach other stores and even sell their game directly on their website. It worked for Minecraft. Who f/ck/ng needs Steam? if your game is good, people will come. Steam haters are giving Steam god powers when in reality it is just another store in the PC market.

Last edited by orochi_kyo on 7 February 2021 at 4:21 am UTC
Quoting: orochi_kyoThis is PC and this is a LINUX forum, an OS that is based on the concept of freedom to choose. Aside from the Steam OS, I don't know about any single distro that Steam comes preinstalled.

Steam comes preinstalled on Manjaro. Signed: someone who is typing this from a Manjaro system in which Steam came preinstalled. Does this matter ? Not really aside from you being wrong on a specific point.
damarrin 7 Feb
Well, it’s the only store that officially supports Linux, surely helped by their market dominance and over abundance of cash they can spend on follies like that.

I’m not going to comment on the lawsuit, I just don’t have enough info. I’ve seen it mentioned Valve’s stance on price parity pertains solely to Steam keys, not the games themselves, which seems reasonable if true. Once again, not enough info, but of course that doesn’t make for a catchy headline.

Last edited by damarrin on 7 February 2021 at 4:41 pm UTC
Don't you worry. I hate all peddlers of DRM equally.

What makes the various abuses by all of these vendors even possible? It is the fact that DRM and proprietary technology enables them to hold the sword of Damocles over ones head. The whole debate over which slavemaster is the most merciful becomes irrelevant once one determines to reject games encumbered by these things.
Jared 7 Feb
Quoting: damarrinWell, it’s the only store that officially supports Linux, surely helped by their market dominance and over abundance of cash they can spend on follies like that.

I’m not going to comment on the lawsuit, I just don’t have enough info. I’ve seen it mentioned Valve’s stance on price parity pertains solely to Steam keys, not the games themselves, which seems reasonable if true. Once again, not enough info, but of course that doesn’t make for a catchy headline.

GOG, Itch.io and GameJolt also support Linux through their storefront, as some games have native Linux ports. From those, Itch.io and GameJolt both have native official open source launchers on Linux. Itch.io recently added a function where it would automatically install wine (vanilla) on games that does not have a native port already.
Quoting: Jared
Quoting: damarrinWell, it’s the only store that officially supports Linux, surely helped by their market dominance and over abundance of cash they can spend on follies like that.

I’m not going to comment on the lawsuit, I just don’t have enough info. I’ve seen it mentioned Valve’s stance on price parity pertains solely to Steam keys, not the games themselves, which seems reasonable if true. Once again, not enough info, but of course that doesn’t make for a catchy headline.

GOG, Itch.io and GameJolt also support Linux through their storefront, as some games have native Linux ports. From those, Itch.io and GameJolt both have native official open source launchers on Linux. Itch.io recently added a function where it would automatically install wine (vanilla) on games that does not have a native port already.

Couldn't have said it better myself. People act as if there was no Linux gaming before Valve came on the scene and that there is nothing but them. I don't know if they are just ignorant or fan boys.
Liam Dawe 7 Feb
Quoting: PublicNuisanceCouldn't have said it better myself. People act as if there was no Linux gaming before Valve came on the scene and that there is nothing but them. I don't know if they are just ignorant or fan boys.
A lot of it, much like the OP here, are falling into the trap of being rampant fanboys and it's getting a little gross. Valve support Linux, have done a lot but that doesn't mean they are "good". They are a company, they want profit. Always remember that.
damarrin 7 Feb
Well, there’s support and support. Valve actually put the effort and money into it.

And companies, much like individuals, can do both positive and negative things from any given perspective. Like Google having a vile business model but making some great open source projects, GOG fighting against DRM but hating Linux, that sort of thing. It doesn’t often happen that one may class some entity as purely evil or good.
Salvatos 7 Feb
Quoting: orochi_kyoSTADIA, games at 60$, despite they are just streaming games, you don't need to download huge DLCs or huge updates on every single computer, one update to one client, and they are done.
Did rendering and streaming HD video stop using massive amounts of bandwidth while I wasn’t looking?
CatKiller 7 Feb
Quoting: Liam Dawerampant fanboys
Wow. You really ought to take a break, or do whatever other thing helps you de-stress and get your head on right. This is a really terrible path for you to go down.
mirv 7 Feb
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: Liam Dawerampant fanboys
Wow. You really ought to take a break, or do whatever other thing helps you de-stress and get your head on right. This is a really terrible path for you to go down.

I think you're reading too much into text.

Thing is, I've been saying the same thing for a very long time. Many give Valve a free pass because they happen to fund some open source projects, and the fanboy status is surprisingly reminiscent of those who follow Apple. I don't think it's a healthy thing, and I do call it out.

Valve are indeed how I like to see businesses fund open source projects, but there are several things to remember: Valve only started doing this in response to threats from Microsoft, Steam is very very proprietary and controls your gaming, and anyone who remembers the steamworks payment debacle knows that Valve do indeed need to be kept in check when it comes to how much they dominate the gaming scene.

End users need Steam to have competition, badly.

And I quite often write all this to remind people that Valve is not doing anything out of any sense of altruism, they're doing it for business purposes. They will screw the end user over if it's good for business (even if it's something subtle), and all this effort they make - it's mostly done on projects that are already shown to be working. Not much is actually originating from Valve themselves. It's a result of GNU/Linux being awesome, yet somehow so many are too willing to give Valve all the credit.
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