Notch: Digital distribution monopoly “a bit dangerous”

By Brenna Hillier, Friday, 16 March 2012 05:47 GMT

Although Mojang’s founder really likes Steam, he’s wary of one platform dominating the PC market.

Speaking to Gamespy, Markus “Notch” Persson said he approves of the growing field of competition in the digital distribution space.

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam. I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary,” he said.

“So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It’s a good thing that there are more.”

EA’s rival offering Origin is a pet hate for much of the same crowd which hero worships Perrson and other indie developers, but the Minecraft creator didn’t have anything too damning to say about it.

“Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam – which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam. They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it,” he said.

“But I think, in principle, it’s a good thing.”

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