can you elaborate more on how steam is a new and better platform when offers the same server with the same resources?actually the math is not that simple and not even predictable.there are many variables that could influence their revenue positively or negatively such as fat Steam Wallets or players who never bought any gold through the website but would do it on Steam.Its not possible to know how much gold they would sell through Steam after the releaseThey went to steam to give the game greater exposure and increase the playerbase. And it’s worked.
It’s worth giving up the 30% if it brings in significant amounts of new revenue, which I’m sure it is. 70% of thousands of new accounts is better than 100% of a few hundred new accounts without steam.
Giving up 30% of your existing revenue is another matter altogether, and would be handing money to steam for no tangible benefit whatsoever.
Its not possible to know how many people have money in their Steam Wallets and howmuch they would spend in Albion
Its also not possible to be sure if the 30% fee will generate profit or will make them bankrupt.
What was possible to know was that joining Steam was a big risk and they decided to do so without any risk, by punishing some of their playerbase and making them not able to evolve to a new and better plataform along with the game.
So basically its easy to understand what SBI did and why they did it.
But agreeing with them is completely different.
If you like the game and want to support it, just do it.
But respect people with different opinions and needs.
SBI wasnt ethic in their decision and thats very common in market and business models decisions, but its still unethical.
as far as i see im not been punished at all, i just added the game like any other non steam game, i get chat friends invites etc and in-game achievements
And i didn't mean its new to the market, just new to AO.
Steam is probably the best gaming platform for marketing purposes. One of the main reasons is that they have a very solid code develpment.
Artificial intelligence will never beat natural stupidiy.