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Yesterday, Activision launched Destiny 2 on PC. The series skipped the platform its first time around, and this time, it’s part of an experiment from the publisher of Call of Duty and other big hits. Destiny 2, you see, isn’t on Steam. It’s on Blizzard’s Battle.net app.
We’re loving it, but we need to spend more time with the PC version to get a better feel for it.
Activision is dipping its toes into setting up its own store for games, as EA and Ubisoft have done for theirs. If successful, it could lead to the publisher ditching Steam and other online retailers in favor of a storefront it controls.
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It feels like it’s too late to break Steam’s dominance as a PC game store, and having publishers set up their own shops feels like a drop in the bucket when it comes to competing with Valve’s juggernaut. In fact, I can see some people viewing this as an inconvenience, having to deal with three of four (or more) store apps to get their games running. Right now, I deal with Steam, Battle.net, GOG Galaxy, Uplay, and Beamdog. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see it annoying some folks.
Now, if a new store could come along and help indies break through the noise on Steam, I’d happily use that, too. Is Chrono.gg the answer there? Itch.io? Game Jolt?
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