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Steam Could Be in Hot Water if GOG's Galaxy Takes Off

GOG Galaxy is a gamer-friendly, DRM-free online gaming platform that promises auto-patching, social functionality like chat, friends lists, and achievements. Could this be the beginning of Steam's downfall?

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Linsolv1162d ago

Excuse me while I violently roll my eyes. Steam's not going anywhere just because of this, just like Wal-Mart's not going anywhere just because of Target.

generalwinter1161d ago

But, Walmart is losing to Amazon. Any company is vulnerable if a better option comes along...

Christopher1161d ago

Walmart is far from losing to Amazon. So many towns in the U.S. rely on a single Walmart for the mass majority of their shopping, including groceries.

wakeNbake1161d ago

Walmart is the largest corporate entity on this planet, theyre not going anywhere.

Ghoul1161d ago

@wakeNbake

dont make the old mistake
usa is not the world

Clogmaster1161d ago

Can you buy groceries at Amazon? I thought it was online only.

WeAreLegion1161d ago

You can buy most groceries on Amazon. It's a newer market for them, but it's doing fairly well.

nX1161d ago

Forget the Walmart discussion and just acknowledge that GoG is a much more consumer-friendly affair than Steam ever was. I hope these guys have success with what they're coming up with and I'm sure that they can co-exist with Steam.

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Timesplitter141161d ago (Edited 1161d ago )

it could hurt Steam's near-complete monopoly over digital distribution but it won't put steam itself in danger.

The situation is a bit similar to someone trying to replace Facebook. It doesn't matter if a new, better platform comes along. People are already used to Facebook, and they have all their friends/stuff on facebook. It's very hard to convince everyone to move to something else all at once (remember google+ ?)

ninsigma1161d ago

Not necessarily a bad thing.

Dlacy13g1161d ago

Exactly what Timesplitter14 said. I also thing PC gamers are ready for Steam to get some competition. Their monopoly as "the" PC market place is showing signs of being unhealthy imo.

Crimzon1161d ago

"The situation is a bit similar to someone trying to replace Facebook. It doesn't matter if a new, better platform comes along. People are already used to Facebook, and they have all their friends/stuff on facebook. It's very hard to convince everyone to move to something else all at once (remember google+ ?)"

You're forgetting that Facebook did exactly that to Myspace, which was the dominant social media site before Facebook came along.

Timesplitter141161d ago

yeah, it's not impossible, just unlikely.

MySpace wasn't nearly as ingrained into the whole planet's day-to-day life as Facebook is, though.

Christopher1161d ago

Steam won't go anywhere with this. GOG is very limited in scope right now. You can't even invite people to be friends via e-mail or username, let alone make groups, manage mods, switch between controller and K&M modes, and so much more that Steam does. Sure, it has DRM-free games, but that's not what will spell Steam's doom.

freshslicepizza1161d ago

until gog gets new games and big titles aside from very few like witcher 3 nothing will really change.

ryuuzakibjorn1161d ago

But surely by theory the more GoG Galaxy / GoG games you use, The higher the chance of losing all those digital steam game licenses you have? If GoG or a similar service dethrone Steam in the distant future; Then what happens to all those games you've accumulated?

plmkoh1161d ago

Nothing, that is what DRM free means. Conversely what you describe is exactly what will happen with Steam.

Linsolv1161d ago

That's what he said. Reread his comment.

ScorpiusX1161d ago

All things must come to an end , if that's the case so be it .

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