Responding to comments made by Gearbox yesterday that Valve might be exploiting smaller developers
and ignoring a massive conflict of interest presented by the Steam platform, Garry Newman has claimed that spinning Steam out into it's own company would change very little.
Garry, who turned his Half-Life 2
modification Garry's Mod
into a commercial release, says that Steam is actually very good for smaller developers - something he's recently proved by releasing some sales information about his game
in light of a recent Steam sale.
"I am more than happy with the cut I get from Steam. Yeah of course more would be nice – but the cut isn’t anywhere near that low that it would turn me off selling through Steam,
" Garry wrote on his blog
"Maybe I’m a special case because GMod has sold so well – but I know that Introversion nearly went under until they got on Steam
Addressing Gearbox's suggestion that Valve should spin Steam off into a separate company to avoid a conflict of interest, Garry says he honestly can't see it making a difference.
"What difference does it make? It’d be the same Steam, run by the same people, probably from the same office. It would change nothing,
" he said.
"Should Steam get competition? Yeah sure competition is always good, but I can’t imagine anything will ever overtake Steam now. Steam is doing everything right, there’s no need for an alternative,
" he continued.
"Not to mention the amount of money we all have already invested in the games we own in Steam. Steam IS the PC gaming platform. As a consumer I don’t want to have different digital distribution software installed for every publisher.
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