Randy is fucking dumb.
Wow. Randy is fucking dumb
Every digital distribution platform is owned by a game developer except for D2D.
Yeah, Valve sure is exploiting the new guys to the industry by letting games that would never be popular and sold actually get popular and sold
this guy is a moron
This was such a pointless interview.
Did Pitchford got high off LSD or something? Usually, he is sane.
What you guys fail to realize is that he's speaking from the standpoint of ANY business owner. All businesses in the game industry view every other company as a threat and have some "problem" with how they conduct business, especially as they are all competitors.
Which is why he makes the distinction between how he personally feels as a person, and how he feels as a business owner in direct competition with another company.
Understand any better?
He has a point, Steam is ripping off indie developers. Just look at poor garry and how valve is taking %50 of his money....
and how valve owns all the models in the game.
If he said the same thing about EA's imaginary digital distribution server you guys wouldn't wait a second to agree with him.
they already have multiple game of the year awards, awards in general, and a few best sellers. They don't care if you made a better game. They just want to team up to better launch your product while taking in a slice of pie themselves, but surprisingly (and not just a fat gabe joke) they are not fat and greedy and only take a small slice. They get some extra moolah, the game developers are able to sell their games in a larger market.
Thing is, Steam's market means you are still going to ship a lot more of your product than if it was anywhere else. You also save money on what traditional publishing would cost (such as physical production, distribution, support methods). I don't know the actual figures but given by the number of games on Steam, 'indie' and big titles, Valve can't be taking too much money from the balance.
I thought Gearbox and Valve were pals.
There are a ton of indie games on steam that wouldn't have a chance in hell with a regular publisher.
I doubt most of you read the article or gave any thought to what he was saying. All he was saying was that from the standpoint from a developer there is a huge conflict with Valve and Valve selling their own games on steam, plus the fact that valve tends to rip off smaller developers since they're pretty much the only choice for companies that want to reach a large enough base. I don't know how much exactly Valve takes from indie developers but considering their power it can't be that great since their only choice is to take what Valve offers them or walk away.
I hear Valve takes in about half.
How are they "exploiting us in a way that's not fair"? Uh, as far as I know, it's just like any other shop, only cutting out a lot of middle men and delivering us great deals a lot faster than other stores do.
I'm pretty sure a publisher taking 50% or more from the overall revenue is common.
Though it sounds like he's mostly worried about Valve becoming the next EA, and even if steam was independent from valve it seems like that could happen anyway :/
Steam is like the best distribution method and if a game isn't offered through it I barely consider buying it.
The only thing I hate about Steam is its currency conversion for Europeans, which still hasn't changed after a fucking year.
This sounds like getting ripped off by still paying $50 for GTA4, when you can find it cheaper retail. Taking advantage of lazy people that don't have a way to go up to the store and buy it in a box.
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You guys sure know a lot about business.
If I was garry at the time Valve asked for 50%, I would've asked for 55%, and them 45%. That way it's still alot of money for garry.
Only just a little more.
I didn't know that Valve exploits midgets,bout big guys,well,it's obvious that they dominate there