Notch: Monopoly in Digital Distribution “dangerous”, wants more competition

Posted By | On 16th, Mar. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

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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  • Jordan

    The problem I have with multiple distribution platforms is that I need a different application for each one. I don’t want to have my game libraries in separate locations, and neither do most users. What should happen is the distribution platform should be independent of any pricing obligations, and let the publisher/developer set the prices. It still promotes competition among the developers. Competition among distribution platforms should not be an issue if one platform is simple, functional, and stable.

  • Michael Ravs

    Notch is a hypocrite and an asshole. He makes fun of other companies of DLC yet, he has his lawyers draw up lines that minecraft beta users will have to buy DLC. Then he gets mad at Yogscast and stops being a lead developer of minecraft. Notch is a bitch ass.

  • Ryan

    I disagree with Notch. Something like Steam should be an exception. I was offered multiple games for free on different clients, like Origin, Desura, and such, but I never took advantage of these free offers for the sole fact of keeping all my games organized. I understand the point here, but Steam has been the digital distribution monopoly for quite some time now and they’re not in the deep when it comes to bad business practices.

    I couldn’t stand having to manage multiple clients on my desktop, eating up my resources, and then trying to figure out which one has the game I want to play.

  • charles2029

    Two or three competitors should be fine at the most. I always felt like if a gamer wanted to move to another platform (move from Origin to Steam), they could take all of their licenses with them, and their old platform just won’t have any of their purchased games anymore.

  • J0M3R

    Oh, my comment were remove.


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