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Notch worried by Steam’s dominance in PC market

26 Jul 2012  by   John Robertson

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Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, creator of runaway success story Minecraft, has voiced concerns over the power Valve’s Steam digital distribution service currently has over the PC market.

By not being on Steam, Notch believes Minecraft can take advantage of certain positions that other games can’t.

Minecraft has kept growing very fast (and it selling faster than ever), which combined with us not being on Steam leads to some potentially interesting strategic positions,” said Notch.

“I’m not quite sure what those are, but we’re a bit wary to submit Minecraft to Steam without knowing more about what we want to do.

“As much as I love Steam, I do somewhat worry about the PC as a gaming platform becoming owned by a single entity that takes 30 per cent of all PC games sold.”

Could Notch be thinking of launching his own digital distribution service?

“I’m hoping for a future where more games can self-publish and use social media and friends to market their games,” Notch continued. “Perhaps there’s something we could do to help out there? I don’t know. If nothing else, we might work as an inspiration for people to self-publish.

“We’re trying to figure out what we want to do long term with the position we have now. We only recently decided to stay as independent as possible and cancelled an unannounced project that we were doing in collaboration with someone else. It’s going to be an interesting future.”

Source: PCG

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  1. Rice_zac

    ya dont ruin minecraft by putting it on steam!!!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  2. True Realist

    imagine steam workshop with minecraft? no thanks

    July 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  3. Zalis

    Some games really benefit by being on Steam. Others do not. Minecraft would be one of the latter.

    We have to admit, though, that Minecraft is a statistical oddity. Most indy, alpha games do not get picked up by hundreds of thousands of players and then sell millions of copies.

    Notch is also forgetting the innovation that Steam has brought to the PC platform. I shudder to think what it would look like without it. So, while I think competition is good and all, we shouldn’t quite gather our torches and pitchforks and storm Valve’s steamy gates in Bellevue, WA.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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