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Valve's new business model. Makes jerks pay

posted by Gman5852 on - last edited - Viewed by 508 users
So Valve have announced their new business model in which nice people get free rides, while jerks have to pay for their games.

http://www.develop-online.net/news/40568/Valve-DOTA-2-will-be-a-new-kind-of-free-to-play#after_ad

My response... WTF? This is going to get exploited so easily! I love the idea of me getting more freebies, but really? Valve better have some genius plan up their sleeves for this business model.

What are your thoughts on this?
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  • We will see how this works out or if it ever will be realised.
    Not interested in their multiplayer titles anyways. Also: this will not stop a lot of people. There are players that bought CS 20 times just to cheat again and again.

    Also Valve has no monopoly. Not for a very long time now. Just think of Origin, GamersGate, GoG, Battle.net, OnLive...
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    Vainamoinen Moderator
    ORIGIN IS STILLBORN. Just so we're clear on this. image

    And it's pretty clear that Steam, at the time, has no real competitors.
  • Vainamoinen;606537 said:
    And it's pretty clear that Steam, at the time, has no real competitors.
    And that from you. A faithful GoG customer. :D

    Submit to your Digital Distribution Overlords.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator
    der_ketzer;606539 said:


    Submit to your Digital Distribution Overlords.
    But you still know that this is a bad thing for the customers, right? ;)
  • Vainamoinen;606548 said:
    But you still know that this is a bad thing for the customers, right? ;)
    Of course.
    Problem is if the competition is actually worse than Steam that's just unhealthy.
    Origin has too high prices, GoG had this horrible marketing gag that made them untrustable for me. Gamersgate & Greenman are making most of their money selling Steam keys so what's the point of those services? Desura seems okay. But they only have indie-titles.

    Also there are only few competitors that aren't also selling Steam keys.
    (Origin, GoG, TellTale to some extent...)
  • der_ketzer;606550 said:
    GoG had this horrible marketing gag that made them untrustable for me.
    What was that?
  • Please don't ask.

    in short:
    Update 3

    They are not closing down. This was a PR stunt to launch the service out of beta.
  • I'm not sure what the disgruntlement is about.
  • Gman5852;606554 said:
    What was that?
    I second this motion for more answers!
  • Vainamoinen;606537 said:
    ORIGIN IS STILLBORN. Just so we're clear on this. image

    And it's pretty clear that Steam, at the time, has no real competitors.
    Just because their competion is poor by comparison does not make them a monopoly. You can actually buy games from sources outside Steam and redeem the codes on the service, I don't know how to describe this behaviour, but I certainly wouldn't call it monopolisitic or anti-competitive. Valve pay for bandwidth and see no sales money.

    Anyway, we all know that Steam isn't designed to some day take all your games away from you and run away laughing. The benefits it gives smaller developers to be seen and get out there obviously goes without saying.

    In short, you are old and stubborn. :p Be trendy and get with the program. ;)

    Man. I haven't posted in ages, like anybody noticed.
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