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Notch explains lack of Steam release for Minecraft

Notch explains lack of Steam release for Minecraft

Mojang Productions' Notch has explained why Minecraft is not available on Steam.

Minecraft creator Markus Persson, better known as Notch, has explained why there will be no Steam release for Minecraft.

'Using Steam limits a lot of what we’re allowed to do with the game,' Notch said on his blog.

Notch said that there had been no disagreement between Valve and Mojang but Minecraft would steer clear of Steam because it affected ‘how we’re allowed to talk to our users.’

There’s no big argument, we just don’t want to limit what we can do with Minecraft.

Minecraft is a sandbox game where players explore randomly generated worlds made of destructible blocks, which they can then rearrange and craft with to make their own buildings and devices. It's fun!

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Canon 30th August 2011, 12:33 Quote
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no disagreement between Value and Majong

It is quite good value for money come to think of it.
Cerberus90 30th August 2011, 12:45 Quote
Don't see any problem with it.

Being on steam would, as far as I'm concerned, give no advantages.
And would probably make it harder to mod, or possibly more risky if steam thought you were doing something they thought you shouldn't be.
Jezcentral 30th August 2011, 12:59 Quote
Steam doesn't cause and problems with modding (I've done it plenty of times with Dragon Age, Torchlight etc), it's just a digital distribution service. I think you are confusing it with VAC, or anti-cheat programs, which completely different, and wouldn't be attached to a game like Minecraft anyway.

I think this is more to do with selling in-game, but not through Steam. (The same as EA).
Bede 30th August 2011, 14:22 Quote
It is not to do with selling in-game - has there ever been any real hint of that happening with minecraft? It is the fact that there is a lot more hassle with updating - it's a little like Microsoft and Sony authentication for consoles - as well as the fact that Valve takes a cut of all Steam sales and Mojang is popular enough not to need Steam as a platform for sales.
Skiddywinks 30th August 2011, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
It is not to do with selling in-game - has there ever been any real hint of that happening with minecraft? It is the fact that there is a lot more hassle with updating - it's a little like Microsoft and Sony authentication for consoles - as well as the fact that Valve takes a cut of all Steam sales and Mojang is popular enough not to need Steam as a platform for sales.

What? Does anyone on here even bother to read the actual blog post from Notch? Instead of making things up to the best of your knowledge, get a primary source. The link is even in the article!

It is about selling things, although not necessarily in-game, and how Notch would want that controlled through minecraft.net, and not through Steam.
sakzzz 30th August 2011, 16:01 Quote
" Minecraft is a sandbox game where players explore randomly generated worlds made of destructible blocks, which they can then rearrange and craft with to make their own buildings and devices. It's fun! "
o_O .. Doesnt really sound like fun to me....Is it like playing with LEGO blocks?
schmidtbag 30th August 2011, 16:38 Quote
as long as they don't use a separate drm, i could care less and i don't see why anyone else should really care.
The Toy 30th August 2011, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
i could care less

You mean you couldn't care less, right?
alpaca 30th August 2011, 17:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by sakzzz

o_O .. Doesnt really sound like fun to me....Is it like playing with LEGO blocks?
It's like playing lego together. Its FUN.
Sloth 30th August 2011, 18:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
as long as they don't use a separate drm, i could care less and i don't see why anyone else should really care.
Well, they do use a separate DRM. User accounts are effectively a way of restricting access of a single copy to a single player (or at least a single player using it at any given time). Just because it's not particularly intrusive doesn't mean it isn't there.
Bede 30th August 2011, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
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Originally Posted by Bede
It is not to do with selling in-game - has there ever been any real hint of that happening with minecraft? It is the fact that there is a lot more hassle with updating - it's a little like Microsoft and Sony authentication for consoles - as well as the fact that Valve takes a cut of all Steam sales and Mojang is popular enough not to need Steam as a platform for sales.

What? Does anyone on here even bother to read the actual blog post from Notch? Instead of making things up to the best of your knowledge, get a primary source. The link is even in the article!

It is about selling things, although not necessarily in-game, and how Notch would want that controlled through minecraft.net, and not through Steam.

Meh, I'll believe that nonsense about selling capes when I see it. You're right though, I should have read the primary source.
Bakes 30th August 2011, 22:06 Quote
Steam seems to be going quite 'all or nothing' at the moment. The whole idea of making all DLC purchasable through steam is certainly riling up some of the big publishers (and the little ones). Steam's good, but I'd hate for it to grow much bigger than it is.
mrbens 31st August 2011, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Toy
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
i could care less

You mean you couldn't care less, right?

I've always wondered why Americans always get that wrong! (Don't know if schmidtbag is American but it's the phrase I always hear in American films and websites/blogs).

If you could care less then it means you do care! If you couldn't care less then you obviously don't care at all about something!
logonui 31st August 2011, 15:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Toy
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
i could care less

You mean you couldn't care less, right?

This!

Spelling and grammar mistakes I can handle... this bugs the hell out of me!
Raijin 31st August 2011, 16:41 Quote
Minecraft is one of the most awesome games I've ever played, brings back the massive lego tower days back when I was a kid lol.
ssj12 31st August 2011, 19:29 Quote
im lost why they would be limited by steam. they dont have to use VAC. they dont have to to use steamworks.
David164v8 4th September 2011, 12:54 Quote
^^ Yeah. It would just get them some extra exposure. I've already bought Minecraft but I would have bought it far sooner if it was on steam.
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