A new kid is on the block threatening to knock Steam off its throne. Can this behemoth be topped?
Steam is too big to take down
Steam is actually at the too big to fail point right now. If Steam suddenly disappeared PC gaming would be in big trouble for a while.
No such thing but, yeah steam and going anywhere but no. 1. Meant to say aint.
Would be funny tho if they decided to say screw it and everyone lost all their digital games. Totally crappy, but kind of morbidly funny after all the pc master race talk.
nah...they won't want to miss on all those dollars which they are basically just raking in at the moment by being the host. imagine having a big house and you're hosting a party but everybody just pays you for owning the house but beers, food and almost everything else for the party are brought by those who still pay you. I know I wouldn't want to throw all THAT away. not in a million years!
Trump can never be president.
You trade a game in for 25% of its current value for a currency that is their own with the option to mine said currency like a bitcoin farmer, erm think I'll stick with Steam, Uplay, GoG and Origin that's quite enough without bringing crypto farming into it.
That's killed it for me, the cryptocurrency aspect of it. If it does offer refunds without any hoops and loops that will be awesome
It looks promising. What they really need to work on is building a community like steam. Where players can interact (write reviews, chat, play, etc.). Maybe it'll be good for single player games; but for multiplayer games a strong community is vital for success.
Interesting, I'll definitely try this out but still won't be leaving Steam and GOG
Hopefully, competition benefits everyone.
LOL Steam will answer back by doing the exact same thing
Nice! This actually sounds pretty good!
Good time to do it. All the big developers are publishing their own games now anyway. If it was not for Bless Online coming exclusively to STEAM I would not have it installed.
If this takes off steam will simply copy the model. The reselling games feature on its own won’t be enough to threaten steam
Hey look another company that wont work nearly as well as invisioned. As presented in this article the math just doesn't work for a publisher. for simplicity sake lets say a game was $100 I buy it and the publisher gets 95$ that is great but then I decide to sell it but find that I am not the only one so I have to price my game lower and lower to compete. So now I have to sell the game for $75 used the publisher only get $52.50 for that sale then keep in mind who would buy a new copy of a digital game if there is used for sale since there is no wear and tear or quality difference. Now all the games being sold are a choice between $75 or $100 for the same product and the publisher only gets 95% of the $100 sales which will never happen as long as a person is selling a used copy. So the publisher only makes 95% profit a few times before they are back to making 70% and at a reduced price competing with a literal supply and demand market. Rather than running their own sales. Where if they stay on Steam. sell the $100 once and make $70 then sell another copy at $100 and make another $70 because there is no sales or competition... or put the game on sale themselves to get even more people to buy in since again they dont have to compete with resales. Not to mention from a consumer perspective I own 1.5k+ of games on Steam, the price to even try to sell most of the crap would be sub $1 sitting on the market forever because no one would buy them and at the end of the day its not worth it. Even if I spent $100 and wanted to sell my game in a week, now I have to compete with the thousands of others doing the same thing and I am essentially taking home $18.75 from a $70 sale... That is really not worth it and kind of gross on its face. "We will let you sell the game again but its value is only 25% of whatever you can get someone else to buy it for." That is bull crap.
Not only that but all trading is in their IRON currency not your currency.
@Gh05t Agent4532 by the sounds of it.
Actually resell of products and services is backed up by "The First Sale Doctrine". What this company is offering is one key aspect of "The First Sale Doctrine". So what we are seeing is "The First Sale Doctrine" slowly implemented into digital distribution. This is a great victory for gamers.
Really? You paid 100% for the product and to resell it you are required to give 75% profit away and get paid in "gift cards" for the remaining 25% and you think this is "The First Sale Doctrine" and also a victory? This is a slap in the face and a mocking of the consumer who would accept it.
Not bad for Robot Cache but in terms of pure numbers, how realistic is it to say that they can topple Steam. What does that even look like in the short term?
In the short-term Steam bents over and applies the ability to resell games. In the long term, I don't know.
With Steam, Origin and Uplay, i have enough on my pc as it is, i don't need anymore bloatware.
GOG's catalog gets better every week and being able to download your games DRM free is a huge bonus. But admittedly Steam's catalog is like 1,000x bigger.
haha no. Their are so many sites that do the same thing with better conditions for devs and noone is even close
Yes, there may be sites that offer cryptocurrency but I have not seen a gaming store or service that allows the gamer to resell their games digitally
Robot Cache? Never heard of it. Do we really need more digital distribution platforms?
The more competition the better for it provides options for consumers and forces companies to improve one another.
Consumer demand also forces companies to improve.
Valve could use a little humbling.
No sympathy for valve, took the food of the gas. Should have been developing their own exclusive titles, left for dead, half life things like this, anything that cemented steam as the only place gamers should go.
Let’s not carried away. As soon as something enters (or makes a momentary splash) in its space we get a slew of articles comparing it to the biggest player. Rarely does anything truly change. “Robot Cache is the new PUBG!!!”
Wait to kill it mr. author, a gaming store that uses cryptocurrency
seems like a decent alternative hope it is easy to use and got less shit cluttering the marketplace.
Steam is so popular because valve made the biggest pc games (their own ip) exclusive to steam. Steam achievements etc are he cherries on top
Does GoG not count?
Steam leading digital gaming platform across all platforms fact, They've been around for years now with support of games dating back before digital was even a thing. But that's not the reason why steam will always be top dog its quite simple too many users have spent like me hundreds of my sterling pounds into steam and the sales which has given my account a net profit of double that I've invested. Now second hand digital resale does need happen was at one point going happen on steam never did bit like half life 3 :0 I think there's room in market for both to compete ultimately in hopes this pushes steam to at least enforce the sales of second hand digital games.. Steam is here to stay....only 1 company that can crush steam that's Microsoft stopping game putting his code on there OS that won't happen cos Microsoft is money first.
Boom! There was only one thing to get me on a new pc gaming platform and this is it exactly. The perfect business model where the developer gets paid for both new and used sales.
Nah, I'd say Steam is here to stay. Also, these competitors ought to consider the consequences of toppling Steam for gamers. If Steam went bust, everyone would lose all the games they bought. No physical copies. I don't have faith in Valve's strategy for that eventuality, it'd be a total shitshow. I say leave Steam be. Don't try to compete with it. Just come up with some other idea - this one's taken. If Steam ever needs improvements, let consumers vocally demand them. Competition as a way to force Valve to improve Steam is just too risky unless there's some way that gamers can keep all the games they bought should Steam go down.
Nothing can truly compete against Steam
I stopped reading when the currency was anything but dollars. Iron and mining is ridiculous
Steam will always be the best.
Ya, Steam has competition from a competitor that no one has ever heard of and isn't even out yet.
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