Notch: Monopoly in Digital Distribution “dangerous”, wants more competition
Notch loves Steam, but he doesn’t want it to dominate the digital distribution area, and he has his reasons for that. He said this in an interview with Gamespy, and makes some good points.
“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.”
He also had some positive things to say about Origin.
“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.”
Monopoly is undesirable, but when Steam does so many things right, and if people don’t want to deal with plenty of clients cluttering their desktop – it’s not a bad thing after all.
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