SteamFirst: You are free to enjoy whatever system you like. I am simply trying to analyze possible reasons why these systems are behind Steam by such an extreme margin in the view of a common gamer such as myself.
We all know the gaming distribution service known as Steam, especially since that is what this entire site is focused on, and how it has grown over the years from simple beginnings to having 75 million active users online at any given time. As such it may seem only natural that in light of such success, competitors will eventually arrive. Just as Sega arrived in 1986 to challenge the Nintendo Entertainment System with their Master System, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft have appeared to challenge Valve with the services: Origin and Uplay respectively.