It was fun in the PC game world. Valve has cut revenue growth from developers to 25% from 30% for revenue over $ 10 million, and this decline will further decline to 20% after the $ 50 million sale. This led to a debate over the Steam topic, which allegedly influenced the Indians. And on Wednesday, the creator of Fortnite Epic announced his own store, one that pays most of the sales to all developers.
In addition, Epic distributes games for free to weaken the deal. Good!
The idea of a serious competition should be a PC game in the next few years. This weekend we decided to talk about how important Steam is, how we enjoy playing games and whether we're ready to give up. You will find a number of ideas on this topic below – and we would like to read the comments in the comments.
Phil Savage: No, but I'm still going to use Epic
I feel like main game platform is a big question, given the sheer number of games she owns through Steam. Even if I switched exclusively to the Epic Store for new games, it would take long before I overcame my Steam library. That means I will happily use the Epic Store as well.
One of the main complaints I see with every Steam opponent is that people prefer not to have more computers on their PC, but I've been going downhill long ago. I already have GOGs Galaxy, Origin, Uplay and Battle.net and I use them all. What's a shame you added another to rotation? In the broader sense, I welcome more competition for Steam. As a platform it feels … satisfied – a collection of ideas and iterations, some of which work, others that hardly fit the purpose. It's so addicted to algorithms, and yet it's not very good when I put things that I want to play on the store page. Any pressure on Steam de facto dominance must be a good thing.
Philippa Warr: At the moment it's not my main platform
As far as my non-traditional games are concerned, Steam was not my main gaming platform since I stopped playing Dota 2 regularly. I spend a lot more time on Itch.io with smaller gaming and gaming projects. If Epic Games is concerned, I would like to play that Steam does not have or seems to offer better conditions for devs that I want to support to bring this platform into this country. The only limiting factor would be if, for some reason, I could not get to work.
It's a bit different on the working page. If the game is not from a publisher with a custom platform like Origin or Uplay, we tend to send Steam code so I need to use Steam a lot for work. In that case, no matter if I'm going to Epic, it's quite clear whether they decide for developers / publishers / PRs.
Wes Fenlon: Maybe one day
I think I'm here with Phil. I have too many games and I'm too used to it that it's probably my default library as long as it exists or if I'm playing computer games. It's something like Windows, for me. I had Macbook Air for several years, I learned a bit about Ubuntu and other devices, and maybe I'll have iPad instead of a laptop. But Windows was a synonym for computers for me because I was a kid by clicking on Windows 3.1, and I do not see that change.
Steam has been very comfortable for a very long time, but there are only a few things that really matter to me in the day-to-day running of computers, and if they have Steam's competition too, I'm glad to use them, trade or exclusive I want to play. Quite frankly, I'd probably cook it in "cloud saves". If you have a cloud rescue, you got me aboard.
Fraser Brown: Yes
I have about 1,000 Steam games, many of them are pretty good so I do not want to lose access to this huge library of games. Would I like to buy all my new games on another platform? Definitely. At least if it's an improvement on Steam. It has become excessive, and we seem to have just dragged the algorithm.
Although there are competitors and alternatives, Valve still has an effective monopoly, and it is probably not good for developers or players, so the competition of the newcomer like the Epic Games Store is very welcome. It could be a minor problem, but on other platforms I have a lot of games and it was not long ago that none of these conveniences existed.
Steven Messner: Yes
I'm with Fraser on this. The only reason I'm still using Steam is that over the years I have invested so much that it would be ridiculous to leave it. But if Steam actually owned my DRM games for free, instead of licensing them, I would like to move to another platform. My personal attachment to Steam as a service is virtually non-existent. I do not have any Steam-only buddies I care about, I'm not shit about any special metagame like business cards or account levels or anything else. And even though I found a guide that is often useful for several games, it's nothing I could not find elsewhere on the internet. Steam is really just that a few more steps need to either buy or run the game, and I do not really care what the platform takes these next steps.
Samuel Roberts: No.
Steam is 100% the first thing I click when I turn on my computer to look at what's on sale, play the game, or find out which update is a rough hard-drive 1 GB of hard disk space. Other clients like Origin, GOG Galaxy and uPlay are connected to my taskbar, but I do not use them by default. It would require such a change of sea to move things in a different direction. All of the key keys and beta keys for third-party vendors go through Steam.
If he lost access to his account tomorrow and could not do anything about it (this great Waypoint was worrying me), I would gutted. But when that happens, Steam will not come anywhere. How do I play PC games, Steam has everything I need.
In the end, however, I always go where the best deals are and if I get accustomed to using Epic, I see that it is vital that I am Buy PC games. I definitely like the idea of indies getting a better cut, and the competition is good for Valve. Steam charts, friends lists, wish lists, and everything else feel so vital for me to play PC games that I can not see how it changes.
James Davenport: Platforms, like borders, are fictitious
I've invested a lot of money in Steam and I have a lot of great games where I do not want to lose access. I'll probably do the same at Epic for years. Shopping decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis (probably twisted toward the Epic store because you know they will make the Fortnite network crosses). But hey, PC is a platform. Let's stop promising loyalty to shops like our buds, even though our friends and most of our games live there. If you have a feeling of hesitation or excitement that there are other expenses, the Valve has gotten you. It worked. Do not allow it. Programs like Discord can bridge most of the gaps. If that's not enough, remember that we do not need games. We do not need them at all, and we definitely do not need them to live under one fool. I play games wherever it makes sense to me. If it makes no sense, I do not play at all. If Tim does not do me, that's it.
Evan Lahti: No.
The power of my "clock played" list is great, and I'm not sure Epic or any other starter has an escape rate to pull me out. It is a feeling that this list of time you have accumulated represents your playing career, or something like that, and sharing it is a distraction. Just as I do not like gaming systems that highlight extreme rewards too much, I'm crazy about things that feel quantificated and monitored in an official way.
Tom Senior: No.
Steam would take me magnificently to get out of it. When I start new business, I recall how much I use Steam's social functions. It is useful to have a list of friends online that I can invite to play with a few clicks. I even used Steam reviews, mostly as a way to check that something is not canceled before buying games. After the client is ugly and I'm not interested in Steam as a social network with community sites and badges. There are many other minor problems, but no murderous wound. The size of the library is remarkable and competitors are on the way back in terms of sales. Steam is here to stay.
Andy Chalk: Theoretically
Sure why not? My loyalty to Steam exists only depending on the number of games she has, so you just need to create a digital store that offers better selection at the same or lower prices and I'm there. Easy, right?
Just when it happens.
Let us know what you think below.