Steam Takes A Battering From Digital Retailers

Digital retailers have launched a tirade of criticism against online game download platform Steam for harming the PC gaming market.

According to MCV, rivals are claiming that the monopolistic hold that Steam has on the PC downloads market has made it far too competitive for new players.

MCV said that there were at least two major digital retailers that were having financial difficulties owing to the strong grip Steam has on the PC downloads market. Digital retailers are now rallying against the download platform to implore game publishers to add Steam-free SKUs to their new offerings.

A director of one of Steam's rivals told MCV that “I’ve fought hard for my customer, and never before have I had to give my customers away. Steam is killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing. Steam is locking down the market.”

Steam is an online game distribution platform created by Half-Life maker Valve. Steam offers more than 1200 gaming titles for download and has a user base of 30 million members.