GamersGate CEO Theo Bergquist believes his company will soon dominate the digital distribution landscape while Steam will struggle to maintain its position.
As online distribution becomes the norm for PC gamers, Bergquist said to Industry Gamers
that Valve's digital store will suffer by limiting itself only to the hardcore audience. “To be honest, we’re not afraid of Steam. We think they are peaking now... Once digital sales are superior to physical sales, we believe Steam will have a harder time remaining #1.
“Steam’s marketshare will shrink in the future and … GamersGate is well positioned as one of the digital distribution platforms that has strong momentum to gain marketshare.” Bergquist added that customer satisfaction will be a key factor in its growth - noting that a lot of feedback it receives relates to gamers preferring GamersGate over Steam.
Sales at the Paradox Interactive-founded store shot up by 72 per cent over the holiday season, and some publishing partners saw rises of up to 120 per cent. GamersGate's competition is fierce however, with Direct2Drive, Impulse, retail indie sites and publishers' own outlets all wanting a piece of the pie.
Bergquist rolled off a number of reasons why he thinks GamersGate could prevail - "premium customer support, a client-free experience, a robust reward program, and a DRM-friendly policy." Will it topple Steam? Only time will tell...