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Valve’s Steam: The Preferred Platform for PC Gamers

Valve's dominance in the PC gaming market is often called a monopoly, but the reality is that it stems from the company's commitment to its users. Indie game developer David Szymanski recently voiced his support for Valve's Steam over the Epic Games Store, shedding light on the reasons why many studios still prefer the industry-leading platform.

Szymanski's endorsement of Valve comes from his concerns about Epic's aggressive pursuit of a monopoly and their ambiguous motivations. He believes that choosing Valve and paying their 30% fee is a more favorable alternative than supporting Epic's quest for dominance. According to Szymanski, “ideological business motivations are only good so long as the ideology isn't toxic.”

One of the main reasons why developers and gamers choose Steam is the visible reinvestment by Valve of their 30% fee. The company has consistently introduced innovative features and advancements in PC gaming, such as the Steam Controller, support for Linux gaming, and the introduction of virtual reality. Valve's recent release of the Steam Deck, a handheld PC gaming device, further demonstrates their dedication to pushing the boundaries of gaming.

Valve's user-centric features also set it apart from the Epic Games Store. The community hub, robust mod workshop, and large player base create an interactive and vibrant gaming ecosystem that the Epic Games Store cannot compete with. Furthermore, Valve actively promotes and supports niche games by smaller developers, helping them reach the right audience and gain traction.

While some once had hopes that Epic would provide genuine competition to Steam, frustrations have grown over time. The Epic Games Store still faces user issues and lacks platform support for Linux and the Steam Deck. These actions raise concerns about Epic's true motivations and whether they prioritize monetary gain over platform openness.

It's important to acknowledge that Epic's push for exclusives was initially seen as a way to challenge Steam's dominance. However, as time has passed and the platform's issues persist, the arguments in favor of Epic have weakened.

The debate between Valve's Steam and the Epic Games Store ultimately boils down to personal and business perspectives. Valve's commitment to the PC gaming community has garnered loyalty among developers and gamers, ensuring a better gaming ecosystem. As Szymanski aptly concludes, the question is not about stifling competition, but rather about ensuring that a known entity like Valve, which has consistently demonstrated dedication to both developers and gamers, is not replaced by an unknown entity that may prioritize profits over progress.

– David Szymanski's Twitter account: @DUSKdev