Minecraft creator explains why the game isn't on Steam

By Shawn Knight
Aug 30, 2011
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  1. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson was asked at PAX last weekend why his game wasn’t available on Steam in order to reach a wider audience. Upon returning home from theā€¦

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  2. You buy Dirt 3 DLC in game from the Microsoft store, so I don't see how the creators see Steam as a roadblock in that regard. Even Global Agenda and many other free to play games have purchasing systems in place where items are purchased from the dev website. This proves anyone can create a DLC based game using Steam where purchases are possible outside of Steam.
  3. SkyFall

    SkyFall TS Rookie

    So why not something like Desura instead?
    Or perhaps Notch just likes it the way it is right now.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    I agree with Notch. I didn't like the idea of Minecraft on Steam either.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    That's true the DLCs that came with Dragon Age had to be activated on the website IIRC.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    Same with Mass effect, I had to go online to the EA website to activate the DLC. I really don't see the problem with this...
  7. Bullshit. There are MMOs on Steam that are also sold through other channels. They use Steam to distribute a copy of the client, nothing more. Any in game item sales use their normal methods.

    He may have a reason for not wanting to use Steam, but this explanation falls on its face.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    steam=home owners association
  9. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Translation: I want to nickle and dime the userbase.
  10. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +6

  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Ok let me put it this way... Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam.

    Go google it and the issues it has had on steam.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Although Notch, you could easily sell a serial key to activate the account on the site, pretty much as eve online does and not needing to have the game on steam to play it.
  13. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I like this! There is a lot of truth to what you speak. Steam is not the end all-be all as some Steamaholics want you to believe.
  14. Notch has his reasons and I'll follow him blindly.
  15. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    Same reason BF3 isnt on steam.
  16. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    You mean this reason?

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