Game developers feel Steam doesn’t deserve the 30% share it gets
One of the cornerstones of PC gaming and almost unbeatable, Steam’s 30% share of games is an undeserved share according to developers.
One of the first names that undoubtedly comes to mind when we call PC gaming today is Steam. Steam, which has been a near monopoly for many years, as you know, gets a 30% share of games sold through its platform. Recently, a survey was conducted for Game Developers, and there were not very surprising results.
According to the survey for the 30% share that Steam receives, only 3% of developers say Steam deserves this share. Another 3% say, interestingly, that Steam deserves more. The rest feel that Steam doesn’t deserve it and the share should be reduced. 43% of those who agree think Steam’s share should be between 10% and 15%.
As you know, Epic Games has taken its own platform share to 12%, saying that the share received from developers is high, except for the free games it gives. In this way, we can say that Steam has become perhaps its only competitor. It is not known if Steam will make a breakthrough in this regard, but Steam, which has not even commented on these issues for years, will continue to do so as it is.
Developers Are Forced To Postpone Their Games Because Of Covid-19
Other surveys held at the annual Game Developers Conference also showed interesting results. In a 2020 survey, 33% of developers said their games were delayed because of Covid-19. This year’s poll put the figure at 44%. Covid-19 has not only affected independent studios; it has also affected large companies such as Microsoft, Ubisoft or Square Enix. Games like Halo Infinite and Far Cry 6 also had to be postponed because of this.
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