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Notch Likes Steam, But Says Digital Distribution Monopoly Is "A Bit Dangerous"

Matt Gardner
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Notch Likes Steam, But Says Digital Distribution Monopoly Is "A Bit Dangerous"

Markus Persson has said that he finds the notion of having one platform for digital distribution a little scary.

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam. I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary,” he said.

“So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It’s a good thing that there are more.”

Of course, the latest addition to the fold, as a digital platform holder of sorts, has been EA's Origin, which has come under some fire in its formative stages. Persson's take on it is that they should be given a chance, but EA could certainly attract more goodwill by focusing on consumers, and giving them reasons to engage with the service, rather than simply forcing them to with certain games.

“Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam – which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam. They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it,” he said.

“But I think, in principle, it’s a good thing.”



Add a comment2 comments
DivideByZero  Mar. 16, 2012 at 11:36

With Game and the like looking to close, it is good that there are more and more digital distribution companies. The more competition, the better the price for us consumers.

I have already bagged a few bargains from Origin and other non-steam platforms. Though Steam is head and shoulders above the rest at the moment.

RiKx  Mar. 16, 2012 at 11:45

Notch makes moot point statement about something that is alreasy well established, reported on simply cos he's Notch. Compulsive reading. Not.ch :/


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