I’m on record here as being a big fan of Steam. It makes buying, updating, and playing games easy, and has enough social features to support that side of gaming as well. If anything, I wish they did more on the modding side, so a site like Mod Nexus wasn’t needed. Most of all, the best thing about Steam is that 99% of the time, it simply works. Steam is the Apple of PC gaming; might not always have the newest feature or the lowest cost, but paying the premium is worth it because you don’t waste time fighting against it like you would other options.
I bring this up because Epic Games is launching a Steam competitor (although it will only be that if it grows popular-enough to actually impact Steam), with the big selling point being a larger split of revenue for developers, more heavy-handed moderation of which games make it to the platform, and a two week return policy.
That last point, the return policy, will 100% change. Why? Because you can finish A LOT of games in two weeks, and that will be a disaster for the Epic Store. And when I say finish, I don’t necessarily mean fully beat and see the ending. I mean play enough to justify returning the game and not paying a dime for the two week experience. Morality aside, think about all of the games you have played recently, how many would you return after two weeks if given the option? I’d say at least half my Steam library qualifies, and almost all of those titles are non-AAA games from smaller studios.
So we will see how this goes. I personally hope it fails because, much like with Netflix now, the more platforms that pop up, the more annoying it becomes to actually track down what you want. Just keep everything on Steam, it’s fine.