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Old 02-09-2011, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Buying games is messy business. You have to find a decent store, avoid the bad employees, and then dodge and parry as you're assaulted by barbed ripostes of “trade-in!” and “pre-order!” Or, you know, you could always just use Steam. GamersGate CEO Theo Bergquist, however, thinks Valve's reign as beloved Emperor of Sales is nearly at an end.

“To be honest, we’re not afraid of Steam. We think they are peaking now while the market is still very hardcore,” the online storefront head told IndustryGamers. “Once digital sales are superior to physical sales, we believe Steam will have a harder time remaining #1.”

“We believe our focus on premium customer support, a client-free experience, a robust reward program, and a DRM-friendly policy will appeal to the masses once they decide to go digital,” he added. “We don’t have any market breakdown of the overall numbers. Some people say Steam has 50% of the market, some say 80%, but we don’t know. What we do know is that Steam’s marketshare will shrink in the future.”

While we're big fans of Steam ourselves, we have to admit that a little competition never hurt anyone. So, fellow Steam users, are there any major cracks in Steam's armor that you think companies like GamersGate can (and, by all rights, should) exploit? Are there any problems that have even made you – gasp – pine for the not-so-good ol' GameStop days?


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Given that I've never heard of GamersGate until now, I doubt the end of Steam's reign is over, or even near. Give it a few years and perhaps things will have changed, but there's still a while to go.
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