You may love Steam and games publishers may love Steam, but games retailers are certainly having no love for the premier digital distribution channel for PC games.
According to MCV, certain game retailers in the UK are upset enough by Steam to threaten that they will not carry any product that carry any Steam integration. Retailers feel that Steam integration will just drive customers to the Steam service, thereby killing the retail model.
This is particularly important to retailers who have a digital channel of their own.
“If we have a digital service, then I don’t want to start selling a rival in-store,” said the digital boss at one of the biggest UK games retailers, according to MCV. “Publishers are creating a monster – we are telling suppliers to stop using Steam in their games.”
Of course, this plan to boycott any game with Steam could backfire, as gamers who want that game will be forced to skip the retailer entirely and go through Valve's service.
Do you think Steam has a frighteningly strong grip on the PC games market?
There will always be those I believe that actually like going into the store like myself and having the box art, game, and hopefully some other goodies as well.
Steam is great, but not everyone wants their games on the hard drive only.
If steam is down you can't log in which means you can't play. I they ban you for some reason then you can lo longer play the game you paid for. While steam has alot of games for sale, there are still alot you can't get there.
For my money i'll always go to a store to get my games.
I mean sure it's convenient having the game in a shop that you can buy and go install, but my internet's not the fastest when it comes to downloading my own purchases.
(Although i just upgraded my internet to Unlimited 24/7 adsl2+, so we'll see what's better.. when my service is activated)
What stores are YOU going to? I've been buying games at GS/EB for years and before that toy-r-us back in the day and I never seen any of what you talkin about even during holiday shopping.
And even if that was the case (which its not) i'd rather deal with all that than to have a game that I can't play cause the server is undergoing maintenance.