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It's hard to imagine a competitor to Steam — to Valve, really. Many worthy opponents have tried, but none have succeeded.

And now, a new contender is entering the ring: Facebook.

The company announced on August 18 that it's making an "all-new PC gaming platform." A Facebook rep confirmed to Business Insider that the "platform" in question is a standalone PC application — like Steam — for accessing PC games.

Presumably that will include a storefront, some form of chat/friends list, and maybe even game broadcasting. Not only is this stuff standard at this point — even on game consoles — but it's all stuff that Facebook already has: Messenger and Live solve the latter two needs, and Facebook continues to operate a digital storefront on the web.


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I thought this was going to be some social justice crusade for Harambe trolling/memes. Oh well, Facebook is terrible and I don't think they can hold a candle up to anyone. Unless farmville counts as 'serious gaming'.
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I thought this was going to be some social justice crusade for Harambe trolling/memes. Oh well, Facebook is terrible and I don't think they can hold a candle up to anyone. Unless farmville counts as 'serious gaming'.

Imagine the possibility of inviting your aunt to party up in Call of Duty... The dream rolleyes.gif
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Good, let them waste their time and resources. Hopefully it will teach them that the gaming consumer base does not want social media tied to their crappy mobile / cash farming games.

Please tell me, what more can YOU offer me, as a gamer, than Steam? Are you suddenly going to have mass adoption and a store front as varied as Steam?

Good. Luck.
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Good, let them waste their time and resources. Hopefully it will teach them that the gaming consumer base does not want social media tied to their crappy mobile / cash farming games.

Please tell me, what more can YOU offer me, as a gamer, than Steam? Are you suddenly going to have mass adoption and a store front as varied as Steam?

Good. Luck.

Man I just answered that question above.

Is your aunt on your Steam List? NO. Now you CAN invite her to play Call of Duty tongue.gif

AND you can always see when your friend has a birtyday and team up in Battleborn to celebrate it. wink.gif

Edit: OR, or or you can invite your boss to Street Fighter and kick his ass. Meanwhile after matches you can view pics of his cats and family.
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Originally Posted by Slaughtahouse View Post

Good, let them waste their time and resources. Hopefully it will teach them that the gaming consumer base does not want social media tied to their crappy mobile / cash farming games.

Please tell me, what more can YOU offer me, as a gamer, than Steam? Are you suddenly going to have mass adoption and a store front as varied as Steam?

Good. Luck.

Man I just answered that question above.

Is your aunt on your Steam List? NO. Now you CAN invite her to play Call of Duty tongue.gif

AND you can always see when your friend has a birtyday and team up in Battleborn to celebrate it. wink.gif

Edit: OR, or or you can invite your boss to Street Fighter and kick his ass. Meanwhile after matches you can view pics of his cats and family.

I lolled.

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Oh great, another game client. We'll be swapping clients almost as often as we used to swap discs soon. At least we can run more than one at a time without extra hardware.
    
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I drew a line in the sand more than 10 years ago at the number of third party game clients/platforms I would allow on my systems. That number was zero.
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Good luck Spybook with your new ad delivery and data harvesting platform. The Occulus Fail wasn't enough, need another way to deliver even more ads.

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Man I just answered that question above.

Is your aunt on your Steam List? NO. Now you CAN invite her to play Call of Duty tongue.gif

AND you can always see when your friend has a birtyday and team up in Battleborn to celebrate it. wink.gif

Edit: OR, or or you can invite your boss to Street Fighter and kick his ass. Meanwhile after matches you can view pics of his cats and family.

As much as I want to see this project fail horribly, gotta admit this sounds pretty awesome tongue.gif
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