Steam, one of the cornerstones of PC gaming and almost unbeatable, gets an undeserved share of games, according to developers.
Steam is undoubtedly one of the first names that come to mind when we say PC gaming today. Steam, which has had an almost monopoly for many years, as you know, receives a 30% share of the games sold through its platform. Recently, a survey was conducted for game developers, and some results did not surprise much.
According to the survey for Steam’s 30% share, only 3% of developers say Steam deserves that share. Another 3% say, interestingly, that Steam deserves more. The rest think Steam doesn’t deserve it and the share should be reduced. Forty-three percent of those who agree think Steam’s share should be between 10% and 15%.
As you know, Epic Games has increased its share of its platform to 12%, saying that its share of developers is high, except for free games. In this way, we can say that it has become perhaps the only competitor of Steam. 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 keep things as they are.
Developers Are Forced to Postpone Their Games Due to Covid-19
Other surveys conducted at the Annual Conference of Game Developers also showed interesting results. In the 2020 survey, 33% of developers said their games had been postponed due to Covid-19. This year’s poll put it at 44%. Covid-19 is not just independent studios; It has also affected big companies such as Microsoft, Ubisoft, or Square Enix. Games like Halo Infinite and Far Cry 6 also had to be postponed.