Feeds

Retailers threaten Steam game ban

Yank download service links from your games - or else, publishers to be told

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Major retailers may stop selling games that connect to Valve Software's Steam download system.

That's the threat at least two big, but unnamed players are going to hit publishers with, according to trade paper MCV.

Their argument is that it's bad enough that so many punters acquire games through Steam rather than high-street or online stores without publishers encouraging them to do so by incorporating Steam tech into their titles.

That, say the retailers, will hinder their own efforts at establishing game download services.

A fair point - it's like HMV being forced to sell CDs with links to iTunes on - but any ban on Steam-linked titles could backfire by simply encouraging even more gamers to source games on Steam.

According to MCV, games industry insiders reckon Steam already sells 80 per cent of all PC game downloads. In the US, more games are downloaded than bought on physical media, a point that will be reached over here soon enough. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.