PC Download Stores Arguing Over Who Comes After Steam

Stardock's claim that it holds 10% of the PC digital download market has been shrugged off by two of the company's main competitors, Direct2Drive and GamersGate.

GamersGate CEO Theodore Bergquist tells Kotaku that "We have daily direct contact with all major publishers out there, we can benchmark most of our numbers with both Steam and Direct2Drive, and we know for sure that Impulse is never up for discussion as being one of the biggest".

"Unfortunately I can't give you any specific numbers on titles", he adds, "though in many, many cases we know that GamersGate sell as many units as Steam for the mid-size segment of titles. For AAA's we sell anything between half to a quarter. With a few exceptions they sell more than that. This is information we get from publishers direct from the source – their digital distribution teams."

Meanwhile, Direct2Drive's Sutton Trout told Gamasutra "Stardock's recent assessment of its service [that Impulse holds a clear number two position in the digital distribution space]is misinformation at best. An NPD report from earlier this year refutes Stardock's claim outright and clearly identifies Direct2Drive as a top-performer."

So, now that three of Steam's main competitors have sounded off, what do we now know about the PC download market that we didn't before?

Well, aside from the fact Impulse won't be getting many Christmas cards from Direct2Drive and GamersGate this year, we know that for at least one of these companies (GamersGate), the reason they don't release sales figures is down to NDAs signed with their publishers. So if you want hard numbers, you know who to blame.

Oh, and we also know that none of this bickering involves serious competing with Steam, leading us to believe that the PC scene's pecking order is Steam first, daylight second, and these guys jostling over the last spot on the podium.



    Sounds like a bunch of 10 year old school kids.

    Sufficiently satisfied with that pecking order. Maybe it'll inspire them to learn from Steam and get some great value specials out there that have broad consumer appeal and aren't ridiculously region limited (D2D I'm looking at you). That and the community aspect of Steam is why they've got my money more often than not.


    Can say i've never heard of GamersGate before today :P

    Ive heard of steam... and nothing else.

    GamersGate who the hell are you?

    Your first step should be to sack your whole marketing department cause they are completely useless.

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