Notch: Digital distribution monopoly 'dangerous'
Friday, 16th March 2012 at 2:43 pm
'I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary', says Mojang boss
Having such a dominant digital distribution platform like Steam can be dangerous for the industry, says Markus Persson.
Speaking to GameSpot, the Mojang boss admitted that whilst he loves Valve as a company, the idea of one platform is “a bit scary”, and welcomed competition in the form of Desura, Impulse and Origin.
“I think it's a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam,” said Persson.
“I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary. So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It's a good thing that there are more.”
Persson said however that EA has some way to go to put Origin on a par with Steam, and suggested the publishing giant needed to focus on the platform as a service, rather than just focusing on releases.
“Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam - which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam. They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it.
“But I think, in principle, it's a good thing.”
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