Retailers Fear Steam Monopoly, Tells Publishers To Stop Using It

By Colin Tan on November 11, 2010, 4:47PM EDT

Steam, probably the most popular online digital distribution service, has come under attack from retailers in the UK for fear of having a "monopoly" on digital downloads.

In a move to counter said monopoly, two of the biggest retailers in the UK have threatened to remove all Steam-enabled PC games from their shelves. According to insiders, Steam currently has a hold on 80 percent of the PC downloads market.

Retailers are afraid that games that use Steam will only push consumers towards buying games through Valve's service. Two retailers have moved to the point that they will not sell any games unless Steam support is removed from them.

"If we have a digital service, then I don't want to start selling a rival in-store," said one of the biggest UK games retailers.

"Publishers are creating a monster "“ we are telling suppliers to stop using Steam in their games."

Source: MCV

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