It’s an unlikely thing to happen considering Blizzard having its own platform for its games, but a guy can dream, can’t he? With Overwatch being the strongest game right now in the mainstream landscape, one can’t help but think of the increased success they may have if only it were also released on Steam. Never mind the politicking of game developers between each other or the possible money they may earn or lose through this, but I’m merely talking about the possible increased popularity of the game.
Steam Account: The Horrid Truth
Surely, just because a game is featured on Steam, it doesn’t exactly mean instant success for it. Take Battleborn, for example; an otherwise amazingly wonderful game overshadowed by Overwatch. Valve wouldn’t be able to help the poor title out even if it wanted to due to the innate ineptitude of the game to market itself against a far more experienced and powerful game developer such as Blizzard.
Steam accounts will just have to settle with the tons of other Steam games up for sale in the Steam Summer Sale of 2016 that’s going to end on the 4th of July. We might not have access to Overwatch, especially those folks who simply abhor the Battle.net client, but we’ve got tons of AAA games up for grabs at the click of a mouse. Still it would be sweet to add Overwatch in our tidy collections in our Steam account.
Team Fortress 2 is a nice replacement for Overwatch, but a near-decade old game doesn’t hold up much against a young powerhouse backed by one of the most successful game companies to exist. Heck, Valve isn’t even doing much about TF2 at the moment and are only content with maintaining Steam’s dominance as the third party platform on PC. Think of all the lost potential; we should have much more on our Steam account.
With TF2 as an F2P game, it’s no surprise that Valve won’t take care of it like it used to as it brings in little money compared to everything else they handle on Steam. Overwatch is another story because Blizzard’s new IP is well taken care of and has tons of money-making potential past the 7 million copies of it already sold worldwide.