Brad Wardell has been very outspoken lately and he claims that Valve are trying to monopolise the PC digital distribution market.
Brad is one of the top men in Stardock, the company responsible for one of Steam’s competitors Impulse Distribution. They are still holding onto second place, but at a 10% market hold they fall some way behind Steams whopping 70%. This leaves a total of 20% for all the other competitors such as Direct2Drive and Gamersgate.
Wardell has said that Valve are monopolising further by integrating Steamworks into games very early in development – “Our estimation is that Steam – as the current market leader – enjoys approximately 70 per cent of the overall digital distribution market with Impulse at 10 per cent and all others combined at 20 per cent in terms of actual dollars generated per month. Another trend we have seen in the past year has been Valve’s successful work with getting Steamworks licensed as a DRM solution by major publishers. Once a game requires Steamworks, it is effectively cut off from us, which limits our content,” he said.
He went on to say: “The problem is that it is not practical for us to install a game that in turn requires the installation of a competitor’s store and platform in order to play it.”
Do you guys all use Steam or do you prefer alternative options to get your latest games online?