Are you sane steam being way out ahead with functionality is a bad thing? I might not realize it?
No that isnt a bad thing, lack of competition is - look up the AT&T case and how that ended.
It had nothing to do with any functionality that AT&T offered - it had to do with their dominating market position stifling the market.
Only after the goverment broke them up the market changed into what we have today where multiple companies compete.
We have a similar situation with Steam - which is why the courts reopened the antitrust case against them.
Regardless of how good or bad Valve´s service is - a single dominating player is never a good thing in any market!
As far as valve stagnating for the last decade, that must mean other stores are about to catch up any day now. They're so intent on being competitive after all.
No, Valve can stagnate and still keep their dominant market position as the normal market forces dont work when there is a single dominant player.
If you want to sell a PC game, you HAVE to be on Steam and sign away 30% of your profits - or you will fail.
It is almost impossible to catch up for any competitor, just look at how much money Epic had to invest already to gain a small fraction of that market share.
All the other competitors with less money already failed. Valve uses a "Most Favored Nation" pricing model, so you cannot sell your game for less on a competitors platform.
The only way to offer a lower price is to not be on Steam, which is why some games go EGS exclusive.
Look I've done the valve versus epic thing. The critiques of valve tend to be specious instead of real stuff. Like a real problem I have is why did they give a break in the cut only to massively selling games? There must have been some way to spread that out among smaller studios. I guess things like that are kind of boring, though. And not exactly going to lend much weight to the idea that they are holding pc gaming back with their iron fist.
This isnt a Valve versus Epic thing! It´s a Valve vs whoever can compete thing - and it doesnt matter if that competitor is Epic, GOG or whoever!
You can dismiss me saying that Valve dominating the market is bad, but you can hardly dismiss official goverment reports that say the same thing for any market:
By Heather Boushey and Helen Knudsen Healthy market competition is fundamental to a well-functioning U.S. economy. Basic economic theory demonstrates that when firms have to compete for customers, it leads to lower prices, higher quality goods and services, greater variety, and more...
TLDR version: Companies not competing is bad for the economy and bad for the consumer!
Good luck arguing against that!