.....STEAM more and more confirms that intermediates between developers and audience are not needed. Matrix might not be needed.
Perhaps you have a different definition of "intermediary" than the rest of us mud-chewing primitives - but as far as I can see, Steam is EXACTLY that.
Your logic makes no sense. Your use of the English language makes no sense.
...but sales that this game would get are stupendous...
The basis for this statement is...? I assume you've done a market analysis to demonstrate the "stupendous" gains you claim will be made?
No? No evidence to support your claim? I thought not.
In the end, due to pirating, this game is being played without buying it.
First off, putting a game on Steam is no impediment to pirates. Hate to burst your faith in DRM, but Steam isn't proving difficult for the pirates to crack. Putting a game on Steam, despite your implication, is no guarantee that it won't show up on TPB in a few hours.
Second, studies have shown time and time again that blaming low sales on piracy is without merit. If you have low sales for your product, it's probably because your product is crap.
If you have a rubbish game, people won't buy it - but you can always blame it on pirates. It sounds like a flawless argument to bring up to mollify your displeased investors... but the evidence doesn't support that claim.
30% is highest STEAM charges...there are ways for lower prices.
It's beyond the scope of this forum to discuss business decisions - but the distributor's cut is only part of the decision. If you think that this is the sole basis for choosing a distributor, I can only suggest that you do some reading before you comment further on the subject.
As for your "30%" claim - Steam distribution contracts are locked behind NDAs. You don't know what the percentage is, much less what other obligations and limitations that entering into a contract with them entails. Erik does - he's negotiated with them and decided that it's not so great as you imply. That you seem to believe that you know better - in the absence of any real information - that says a great deal about your business acumen.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” ― Christopher Hitchens