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Publishers strictly releasing on their own digital store are anti-consumer

A trend that isn't in the best interest of PC gamers

by
Raymond Bakker
Friday, January 4, 2019 | 16:30 GMT
6 min.

Publishers strictly releasing on their own digital store are anti-consumer

A trend that isn't in the best interest of PC gamers

by
Raymond Bakker
Friday, January 4, 2019 | 16:30 GMT
6 min.

Publishers strictly releasing on their own digital store are anti-consumer

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 16:30 GMT
by
Raymond Bakker


More and more major publishers push their own digital stores and DRM launchers, despite it not being in the best interest of their consumers. Instead of releasing their titles through established channels, they would much rather have their consumers jump through hoops. Why is this still a thing?


You discovered a great game either by reading a news article or by watching one of its trailers and thought: "Well, that goes on my wish list", only to figure out moments later that it won't be available on your preferred digital store or that it contains an extra third-party DRM launcher. For PC gamers, this happens all the time.
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This comment has been removed. Gaming was good when it was mostly just Steam, ever since developers took it into their own hands the gaming has been dying and it's more dead than ever on PC.

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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.
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