As digital distribution becomes increasingly ubiquitous, more and more developers and publishers are starting to ask themselves if going on Steam, with its strict restrictions on DLC, is really worth it. EA has cited this as the reason for pulling Battlefield 3 from Steam, and now Markus 'Notch' Persson has detailed precisely why you can't buy Minecraft on Steam.
"Being on Steam limits a lot of what we’re allowed to do with the game, and how we’re allowed to talk to our users," claimed Markus Persson, via his blog. "We (probably?) wouldn’t be able to, say, sell capes or have a map market place on minecraft.net that works with steam customers in a way that keeps Valve happy. It would effectively split the Minecraft community into two parts, where only some of the players can access all of the weird content we want to add to the game.
"We are talking to Valve about this, but I definitely understand their reasons for wanting to control their platform. There’s a certain inherent incompatibility between what we want to do and what they want to do."
Notch was, however, keen to state that he has no problem with Steam as a service.
"So there’s no big argument," he wrote, "we just don’t want to limit what we can do with Minecraft. Also, Steam is awesome. Much more awesome than certain other digital distribution platforms that we would NOT want to release Minecraft on."