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post #101 of 180
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
People hate EA.
People love Valve.

No one is going to switch, and EA is greedy (unlike Valve) so their deals won't be near as good.

INB4 EA games are no longer released to Steam, so no one buys them.
A lot of assumptions there.

1. EA has the most anticipated PC game of the year, BF3.
2. Valve has taken away users accounts, hacked accounts and slow DL speeds on launch day.
3. I switch from Steam last year and will only buy games from them if they cost $10 or less. Not interested in having hundreds of dollars of my money on one service. I buy more retail copies now than before.
4. People will continue buy EA games, may not like their policies, but their games are great.

This mentality that Steam is the gateway to PC gaming is silly at best.
I see Steam like Newegg, pretty to look at but I purchase my stuff cheaper from other places.
Edited by WorldExclusive - 6/3/11 at 2:37pm
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post #102 of 180
EA's got the timing right. Get a great looking game with huge impact, introduce your own malware and force people who want the game to use it.
Some great marketing minds working there.
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EA's got the timing right. Get a great looking game with huge impact, introduce your own malware and force people who want the game to use it.
Some great marketing minds working there.
Well, the market has to go somewhere. Better an online market place than draconian DRM. That is partly why Steam is so popular.
post #104 of 180
Don't really think this is a competitor is it? It's just EA making their content available online through them right? Unless they are planning to get other publishers on board or something. Can't really blame them, I would, as a publisher/distributer, would much rather have hands on with my consumer/customer than some third party.
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post #105 of 180
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Your logic is mostly sound, however, you didn't compare how many games Valve puts out vs EA. Sure, Valve doesn't offer their games through other services, but how many games do they have out? ~10? Compare that to how many games EA publishes ... hundreds? That's a pretty big difference. That's why, in my opinion, it's okay for Valve to do it, but not EA.
So are you saying EA could be more of a monopoly than what Steam already is?
Interesting.

The hundreds of games they publish gives them a better chance at succeeding. Valves' 10 games or so, sold tons of millions and continue to sell because of their platform. Their games is always front and center, which keeps their games popular. Other devs doesn't have the same luxury to continue selling 3-5 year old PC titles over and over. I doubt people would continue to buy so many copies of TF2, LFD, Portal, HL and CS if Valve didn't create Steam.

Devs having their own DL service will only increase sales IF the games are exclusive to their service. Like Valve, EA can lower their prices on their games whenever they want, massively increasing sales. How many of you ran over to EADM and bought BC2/BC2:V when it went on sale? Many!!!

I just find it weird that competition is not welcomed in the digital service market by gamers.
Doesn't matter what service hosts the game, if it's awesome, people will buy from them.
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I just find it weird that competition is not welcomed in the digital service market by gamers.
Because steam is so obviously better with its own vendor lock in! [/sarcasm]

I detest all vendor lock in equally myself. *pokes steamworks with a pointy stick*
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Great, now I have to use two applications to manage my library of games.
not if you buy them all through steam. i'm at he point i rebuy a game during the sales. for me it's steam or nothing.
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can we not do this, EA? I like steam.
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So lets think financial about BF3 on Steam.
1. Let's say 20% of the people wanted to buy it off Steam. (Yeah, there are people who are not the big steam fans as there are on OCN)
2. Let's say 95% of that people will still buy it if its only on the EA Origin.
3. Let's say Steam would normally charge EA 20% of the price of the game for selling it, EA wouldn't have to pay this fee anymore
4. Profit for EA selling it on their own
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