Steam grows...again!

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Steam grows...again!

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:08 pm

Another publisher has signed up to release their games on Steam. This time it's Atari.

First up are Act of War and its various expansions, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, Desperados 2, Tycoon City, Death to Spies and Atari 80 classics in 1.

Neverwinter Nights 2 and expansion along with The Witcher will follow later this month.
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Postby Hikaru Sulu » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:14 pm

And Football Manager 2008 is on there as well.

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Postby Invulnerable_Pig » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:29 pm

But football is shit.

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Postby Nethlyn » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:57 pm

Well that growth has caused yet more technical probs as I can't log into it, and you can't play an entirely online prog/mod like ZPS or TF2 in offline mode.

Steam's great when it works but if I'd bought more than Valve apps with it then I'd be hopping mad right now. I'm sticking to boxed versions of thirdparty games.

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Postby RCHD » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:10 pm

Invulnerable_Pig wrote:But football is shit.

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Postby JohnyHumf » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:00 pm

How much money do valve make from all these third party games (profit I mean, rather than costs to cover downloads, patches etc).

I always thought steam was made to bypass publishers, it seems they've become one themselves.

Though it is better to be able to get them all through one app rather than having to download every developers own little program.

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Postby DjchunKfunK » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:28 pm

They probably take a small cut to cover the cost of running the system, but I would have thought it was smaller than the cut retailers and distributors take.
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Postby DjchunKfunK » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:07 pm

Epic Games have now joined the huge catalogue on Steam. As a special offer they are currently offering all Unreal games for £28.

With the addition of Epic isn't that pretty much most of the big names on Steam now bar EA and Ubisoft? They just need to get Ubi on and Steam will become your one-stop-shop. EA will probably never sign-up though due to their own download system.
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Postby Hikaru Sulu » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:11 pm

Is it just me, or are the Atari games not on yet?

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Postby Jaffacake_killer » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:12 pm

DjchunKfunK wrote:They probably take a small cut to cover the cost of running the system, but I would have thought it was smaller than the cut retailers and distributors take.

Probably, but they still take a pretty big cut. Somebody, I think it was the X2/X3 developers, said that Valve take 30%. Then there's companies like THQ who put their games on Steam - the developers aren't really benefitting from that as the publisher is still involved.

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Postby DjchunKfunK » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:51 am

Some of them are. The Witcher and NWN 2 are due later they said.
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Postby Zael » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:17 pm

I can't find rollacoaster tycoon... :cry:
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Postby Jay » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:01 am

Not available in Europe apparently. I can see it here, but it's only because it connects to the default Steam location i.e. the US
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Postby Lee » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:27 am

Jaffacake_killer wrote:Probably, but they still take a pretty big cut. Somebody, I think it was the X2/X3 developers, said that Valve take 30%. Then there's companies like THQ who put their games on Steam - the developers aren't really benefitting from that as the publisher is still involved.


Oh the irony of false promises again to get dev's to sign up then...

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Postby Jim » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:31 am

Yeah that's pretty crappy, the developer can't really just give full control to Steam though as the publisher may then refuse to stock it in shops. We're in that transition period, people are seeing how well games sold purely online can do and who knows, one day the need for publishers will disappear, but that won't be for a long time, maybe once this 'We need physical boxes!' generation dies out. :P

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