Eh. That's nice and all. Competition is always good for consumers. But, I'll be excited if/when I see them make a serious push to take market share from Steam.
Gonna need a lot of luck but I think out of all the other third party companies and Microsoft who had their shares of tries - Tencent/Epic games has a high chance to compete against Steam.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, this sounds pretty neat, but on the other hand, Steam is pretty good and I don't want the market to become even more fractured than it already is.
Its gonna be more fractured as more companies will want their own share of the pie. This is as inevitable as more games, IPs and companies focusing on GaaS.
Hm, seems like there's a lot of store clients on PC as it is. Do we really need another one? And from a dev who hasn't really made any games since Gears (as far as I can recall and no, fuck Fortnite)
Consumers dont need another one but corporations will still do anything to nickel and dime consumers.
They made Unreal.
Steam is actually pretty terrible and could cause a crisis in the video game market, especially because of the out-of-control inflation in the number of games on the platform. Developers compare this possible crisis to 1983 and call it the indiepocalypse, because a lot of indie developers could disappear (mostly on Steam and mobile).
Otherwise, sure, Steam is pretty good for the customers. But I could understand why some developers could be interested in alternatives. But not sure if this one will be able to get big enough, like all the other ones who tried and failed...
Terrible in what sense though? Going by your definition, Playstation is the Steam equivalent of Consoles, has been and will keep on being so especially since the Xbox brand lost a lot of support from the Japanese region compared to the 360 and Nintendo still in no shape to have as good as third party support as Playstation or even Xbox at this point.
There's plenty of alternatives out there and will keep coming in. If Epic Games/Tencent cant become big enough to be a competitor to Steam, then no one can.
What's with compagnies making a one hit wonder game suddenly transforming themselves into a PC market app
Epic Games is owned by Tencent - they arent just a one hit wonder game company.