Posted by Raine Hutchens on Nov 12, 2010

Steam Is Killing The PC Market?

Some UK retailers claim that Steam’s online conquering is killing the PC competition, saying that Steam’s integration into major titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops phases out other distributors online. They also go on to say that Steam encourages consumers to buy through Valve instead of going to stores. A handful of these same UK retailers also threaten to stop selling games that use Steam, demanding that the PC publishers sell Steam-free editions of their games.

Numbers reported suggest that Steam holds about 80% of the download sector online, and there is great concern among some that the success of the service could lead to some sort of “monopoly” of epic proportions.

Steam offers a way to have your favorite PC titles all at your fingertips, and sometimes offers some great deals. Do you think that Steam should take a step back, or do you believe that the publisher is doing what it should?


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