Where did you buy your last MMO and where will you buy your next? Chances are you'll be getting it on Steam
or so the story goes
according to Brad Wardell, head honcho over at Stardock. We're inclined to agree with his assertion that Valve's digital distribution platform holds roughly 70% of the PC market as many of us here at Massively have been buying our MMOs -- and PC games in general -- on the service for some time now.
So is it a good thing or a bad thing for MMO players? Our experience with purchasing games like Aion
and Champions Online
through the service has been positive, and so long as no complications arise via patches or other client issues we see no reason to stop utilizing the service unless better offers appear.
The only real MMO-related issue we can see is with collector's editions. Some games offer a different set of bonus material for people who opt out of the physical copy and go for the digital, but certain items like art books, mouse pads and other bric-a-brac can't be delivered through a wire... at least, not until sometime in the far flung future.
Now, as far as the Steamworks integration issue goes
... Well, that's a whole other sack of fishes.