From: Oslo, Norway
Steam is not a monopoly. If anything, they are now starting to feel the effect of several other digital distribution platforms (Epic, Origin, GOG, Uplay ++). And these platforms are known to use WAY more monopolistic tactics, like exclusive deals for big games, lasting for a year or more.
Maybe if you go back to 2010, Steam was a "de-facto" monopoly, not because of nasty business practices, but simply because the other distributors couldn't get their thumbs out of their asses...
Yes Steam does push a lot of crap these days. But this is a relatively new thing, simply because the huge number of developers pushing to be on Steam has increased to the point where curating a selection of quality games has become an impossible task. The other stores are more selective and usually only push the big AAA developers, making it really hard for small independents to get on there.
< Message edited by Shadrach -- 6/29/2019 12:56:36 PM >