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Why Minecraft Isn't, Won't Be Offered on Steam

Gamespy - EA says it pulled a handful of its games and won't release Battlefield 3 on Steam because of Valve's restrictive terms of service. Now another well known developer is singing the same sad song: Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson.

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tgh machines1762d ago

I think you missed the point of the article (unless you were being sarcastic). Everyone has been hating on EA for not offering BF3 on steam, but in reality it is actually Valve's fault because of ToS restrictions that Steam has.

NuclearDuke1762d ago

Doubt it is because of Valve EA pulled out. We all know it's because of Origin that they suddenly broke terms that SEVERAL of their previous games has lived fine with.

Just stop it. Notch puts the game on Xbox360 but can't put it on Steam, come on. It's obviously because of the cut that Valve takes for every sold copy, nothing else.

MARKUS_MAX1MUS1761d ago (Edited 1761d ago )

No it was actually EA exploiting Valves terms of service which stated that if a game is to be sold on steam it must be patched accordingly the same as the retail version.

EA patched Crysis 2 to allow DX11 for the retail version but slyly didnt patch the steam version and thus violated valves TOS which was legitimately right because then the people who bought Crysis 2 on steam were shafted by EA.

THen EA tries to use this as an excuse and make valve look like the bad guys for pulling down Crysis 2 from the steam store.

TO the genious above, EA arent evil but they are a few strokes beyond a wanker.

Megaton1762d ago

Yeah, they wouldn't wanna work on a closed outlet like Steam. Much better to release games on open platforms like the Xbox 360.

Wait...

tgh machines1762d ago

True, but offering Minecraft on xbox opens up a very large new market, this is not the case for steam. Therefore it makes sense to offer it on xbox even though it is a closed platform. Plus Microsoft is in some way paying Mojang for the xbox version, otherwise it would also be released on the PS3.

TheIneffableBob1762d ago (Edited 1762d ago )

Minecraft can still reach a new market on Steam, though maybe not as large as Steam users are already PC gamers. When you exit out of a game on Steam, you sometimes get a pop-up showing you the latest new releases on Steam. This is a very effective marketing tool that helps games gain exposure.

I'm pretty sure the main reason by and large Notch is doing Minecraft for 360 is for the money.

theonlylolking1762d ago

Eh, minecraft aint as great as it is made out to be anyways.