• @Magiccupcake
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    157 months ago

    I think you undersell how feature rich steam is for both users and developers.

    They offer community forums, reviews, mods through workshop, cloud saves, automatic controller support, openish vr ecosystem (epic cant even do vr, if you buy a vr game you likely need to use steamvr anyway), broad payment and currency options, regional pricing and guidelines, remote play, and more I’m sure.

    This is much more feature rich than even console platforms, so I think the 30% fee is justified.

    And they do this all without really locking down their ecosystem.

    • @rambaroo@lemmy.world
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      -27 months ago

      Why would developers care about steams “features”? That’s Valve’s problem, not theirs. 30% is fucking highway robbery for a distributor. The only reason they get away with it is because they’re a monopoly and devs have no choice but to publish games there. It’s crazy that you can’t see that.

      • @ryathal@sh.itjust.works
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        37 months ago

        Developers care about steamworks, making cloud saves, multi-player, matchmaking, voice chat, anti cheat, drm, microtransactions, user authentication, and more significantly easier than doing it yourself, it’s also basically free to use where many alternatives only support some features for significant fees.

      • @woelkchen@lemmy.world
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        27 months ago

        30% is fucking highway robbery for a distributor. The only reason they get away with it is because they’re a monopoly and devs have no choice but to publish games there.

        *googles “epic games exclusives”*

        “no choice”… huh…

    • @bogdugg@sh.itjust.works
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      -67 months ago

      I don’t dispute they provide value, but why 30%? Why not 35? Or 25? or 80? or 3? or 29? I don’t know.

      I’m curious, how much of that 30% do you think feeds back into making Steam better and keeping it running?

      • Zorque
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        47 months ago

        Probably more than a public company, that has to pay dividends and prove worth every quarter.

      • @DrQuint@lemm.ee
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        7 months ago

        but why 30%, why not

        To which the response is: I don’t care. I would have paid the same amount of money for games no matter which of the stupid funny numbers you picked out.

        The beginning and end of how much one should care is “are the devs happy with it? Is that the standard for digital stores as well?”. And the answer to both is Yes, so the concerns are abated.

        If it opens them to driven out of the market by a more generous competitor: Cool. But that alone doesn’t impact me, the costumer. The generous competitor needs to do more. And you know, they know that. That’s why Tim gave me so many free games.

        No you wouldn’t.

        Immortals of Aveum cost 70 monetary-whatevers and killed its studio and no one commented on it. It would have cost 60 whatevers two years ago and still would have killed its studio. But if they did 70, they would have torpedoed that price point in the news circles as a death sentence. They only had the gall because literally no one dared release a game for 70 till Activision did it and others like Sony and Nintendo followed along.

        Steams share has zero impact on my wallet. The market is dictated by things way more arbitrary. Everyone with brain knows this.

        • @bogdugg@sh.itjust.works
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          “are the devs happy with it? Is that the standard for digital stores as well?”. And the answer to both is Yes

          I fully disagree. On the first point, do developers accept it? Sure. That does not at all mean they are happy about it. Money is tight for games, and I guarantee you every developer would much prefer to take a bigger piece of the pie.

          To your second point, it is the standard but it is not universal. Epic Games Store takes 12%. Itch.io defaults to 10%. Google Play Store takes 15% on the first $1 million in revenue.

          But that alone doesn’t impact me, the consumer.

          I don’t believe this is entirely true. The more cash flow developers have, the more stable they are as companies, and the more able they are to put out good games. You are indirectly impacted because a larger tax on developers means fewer, or lower quality, games that get released.

          Steams share has zero impact on my wallet.

          Disagree, unless you exclusively play AAA.

          Edit: Actually I’ve changed my mind on this. I mostly agree the percentage cut doesn’t affect the optimal price point.