In honor of the Steam holiday Sale, our Critical Thought for today is the topic of “Race to the Bottom.” Lowered game prices has been a boon to consumers, but it’s causing a lot of problems when it comes to earning a profit or breaking even as a game developer. I talked about what factors are causing this, and what it means for the future in terms of sustained game development.
It seems like it’s becoming an annual thing for Valve to make a controversial change to Steam and Steam policies. Last time Valve implemented the paid mod system on Skyrim. Valve has changed how steam reviews are being counted, and this seems poised to hurt indie developers even more.