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July 11, 2011

Digital Distribution… Competition Bad for Business?

A war is brew­ing on the inter­net for your mon­ey, sup­port, and loy­al­ty (no it’s not the PC vs Con­sole war that you see flames on a dai­ly basis) and the out­come could have dire con­se­quences for the gam­ing indus­try.  That war is the suprema­cy over Dig­i­tal Dis­tri­b­u­tion.  Cur­rent­ly there are sev­er­al key play­ers in the indus­try, Steam (Valve Soft­ware), Impulse Dri­ven (GameStop), Direct2Drive and GoG.  Steam is by far the most pop­u­lar and largest of the group by sev­er­al times how­ev­er sev­er­al com­pa­nies are look­ing into pro­vid­ing their own ser­vices instead of sell­ing them through a ven­dor and com­peti­tor like Steam. We often hear the phrase “com­pe­ti­tion is bet­ter for con­sumers” and in many cas­es this is true but in the case of Dig­i­tal Dis­tri­b­u­tion is this tru­ly the case?  Con­sid­er this, the major­i­ty of major title games can be hadRead more…

June 16, 2011

Crysis 2 Gone From Steam

Steam recent­ly removed Cry­sis 2 from it’s online store.  This is rather supris­ing con­sid­er­ing that Cry­sis 2 is one of it’s top sell­ing titles.  The game was appar­ent­ly removed a few days ago when some steam users who fre­quent the site real­ized that it was no longer avail­able for sale.  EA released a state­ment say­ing ” It’s unfor­tu­nate that Steam has removed Cry­sis II from their ser­vice. This was not an EA deci­sion or the result of any action by EA. Steam has imposed a set of busi­ness terms for devel­op­ers hop­ing to sell con­tent on that ser­vice — many of which are not imposed by oth­er online game ser­vices. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Cry­tek has an agree­ment with anoth­er down­load ser­vice which vio­lates the new rules from Steam and result­ed in its expul­sion of Cry­sis II from Steam. Cry­sis II con­tin­ues toRead more…

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