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.”