Are Steam Sales Bad for the Industry?

The perceived cost of a video game has gone down pretty drastically recently, especially for people like me who live in Australia. It wasn’t so long ago that people were willing to pay over $100 for a game over here. Nowadays (at least the PC gamers) are reluctant to spend more than $40. On top of all this most PC gamers wait for all but their most looked forward to games to go on sale.

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Metallox1479d ago

I'm going to say no. In the last Summer I got 12 games for less than 60 dollars, way less than the average game. It benefits my wallet, the Valeve's reputation between players and also can help developers to construct a bigger fanbase.

Yi-Long1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

the article mentions gamers are reluctant to pay full price (over 40$) on a game.

The reason for me isn't because I'm waiting for a sale. The reason is because nowadays so many games get released where they've already stated it will get a bunch of DLC.

I don't like paying full price for what often seems an incomplete game and reward developers/publishers who are intent on nickel-and-diming me.

In those cases, I will choose to just be patient and wait for a 'complete' release down the line.

So no, it's not the sales that keep me from buying these games at full price: It's their own greed that's responsible for me spending less on their games.

TristanP_ObViews1479d ago

I agree with you there, the abundance of DLC cheapens the original game more than any sale could for me.

I don't mind (or even enjoy) expansion packs or large DLC (like AotA for DaS), but when it gets to the level of Borderlands 2 where there's not one, but two season passes it gets ridiculous. My solution to this is I very rarely buy DLC.

DarkBlood1479d ago

would you consider a complete game incomplete if say 6 years later they decided to add more to it?

TomShoe1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )


Why would they do that? At that point you might as well make an HD Remaster :)

t0mmyb0y1479d ago

I'd pay $100 for my Half Life 2 Episode 3.

3-4-51478d ago

Shovelware, money decisions, shysters are what is keeping the industry from becoming as great as it could be.

Ewok1479d ago

I believe EA made this argument too in the past, when discussing why they didn't do 'Steam-style' sales on Origin.

In my experience, the only people who 'wait for a sale' are people who aren't too sure about a game, but willing to take a punt for a low price.

As for lower prices on PC in general. Games may be cheaper on PC than on console, but since I made the switch I'm not spending any less on games, just buying more! That can't be too bad for the industry.

Ashlen1479d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

Yea, well who cares what EA says. They didn't create Origin to get away from Steam sales, they just saw it as a way to increase profits by a few percent.

Anyways, you can find many articles from other developers who say things like "our game was getting a little older and sales had basically stopped, then our game when on sale at steam and we got more sales than we have had since launch".

And people buy games they don't even really want just because there cheap on a steam sale. I have dozens of games I have never even installed that I got in publisher bundles that I would have never bought otherwise.

I trust that Steam who has all the numbers is doing there best for both the customers and the developers. They are one of the few companies that actually tries to make things fair for both sides, lets not try to ruin that.

Roccetarius1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

If i sense something's off with certain games, especially certain publishers, i'll either not get it at all or much later.

I like to think that my own Quality Assurance sense is good, plus i dislike DLC/Microtransaction filled games. If it happens at launch, then there's even more reason for me to avoid it. Paying full price for half games, well, that isn't my idea of making the customer happy.

thezeldadoth1479d ago

i buy games that i truly want and have waited for at full price. other games i'm unsure about, i wait for a steam sale. when i see games with "season pass" to all DLC, i don't want to buy it. I don't care about needing patched, although it is nice when buying a nintendo game and it doens't need patched, but i do care about loads of DLC

Summons751479d ago

If a sale on Steam is bad for the industry than sales in every store in the world are bad... it's really no different, gives people a chance to buy games they missed out during the year or get games they weren't sure about because devs these days love to be anti demo which makes it hard for someone to decide to buy a game if they are unsure about it.

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