Originally Posted by mhufnagel
You've kind of proved my point. Steam has great pricing because you can buy Steam keys at other stores. Do you actually think that Valve would heavily discount product if they were the only place to buy it? Just look at the the stores run by the console manufacturers for what would happen. The current situation with pc games is completely different from video rental/purchases. There is no real competition in the video market because it is a monopoly run by the content owners. Discs are cheaper than dl's because of that competition.
It's not that complicated. The studios tell the dl services what to charge for the content, otherwise they can't sell it. There are laws in place that prevent that from happening to the vast majority of physical products. That's why we do need physical 4K/UHD discs. To try to keep the content owners semi-honest at least.
Yes I do think they would. They don't discount to be our friend, they discount as there stats show that increases revenue significantly when done as they currently do (prices are set by the publisher btw, steam just urges them to have such sales as it results in a whole lot more income).
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