Minecraft creator still doesn't want to put game on Steam

Minecraft remains one of the most popular PC games there is. Released in an alpha form in 2009, the final version didn't go live until a year ago. Even now, the game sells an average of between 10,000 and 12,000 digital copies a day on its official website, at $27.95 each. Total PC sales are now close to 7 million units.

However, all of those sales have come without Minecraft being put on sale on any of the major PC game download sites, particularly Valve's service Steam, which has millions of users online every day downloading and playing games. PCGamer.com reports that when asked, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson states:

As much as I love Steam, I do somewhat worry about the PC as a gaming platform becoming owned by a single entity that takes 30% of all PC games sold. I’m hoping for a future where more games can self-publish and use social media and friends to market their games. Perhaps there’s something we could do to help out there? I don’t know. If nothing else, we might work as an inspiration for people to self-publish.

There's no denying that Minecraft certainly doesn't need Steam to be successful, but that game is a big exception rather than the rule. Valve recently announced plans to launch a new program, Steam Greenlight, that is designed to help small PC games get submitted and accepted on Steam via social networking and community features.

Source: PCGamer.com

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thealexweb said,
$28 for Minecraft on Windows 0.o I got it when it was 10p on Android xD

The portable version is not feature-complete, and you basically bought a alpha game. Plus you can't really mod it like the PC one due to the memory limitations and processor limitations and such.

I don't think there is much point of Minecraft being on steam. It's already the most popular indie game. Besides, it's good to see other games outside of steam

They really don't need to. Who hasn't heard of Minecraft by now?

Not every indie dev is going to blow up with success, so criticizing the system largely doesn't make sense here anyway. Do what works for you is all I can say.

I have the Xbox Version, my Neices love it and after my Neices talked my mother into putting it on her Xbox when they visit her, she loves it also.

I would get the PC Version, but after years and years of internet use, putting money through a Russian Website is just ingraned into my mind as a Do Not Do, so wont get MineCraft PC unless its on Steam. Dont care how popular it is. I was addicted to Tetris on NES and Gameboy so nothing aganst russians, lol

*Edit- still cant edit comments on ipad

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
I have the Xbox Version, my Neices love it and after my Neices talked my mother into putting it on her Xbox when they visit her, she loves it also.

I would get the PC Version, but after years and years of internet use, putting money through a Russian Website is just ingraned into my mind as a Do Not Do, so wont get MineCraft PC unless its on Steam. Dont care how popular it is. I was addicted to Tetris on NES and Gameboy so nothing aganst russians, lol

*Edit- still cant edit comments on ipad

You don't know what your missing out on. PC version is much better then the Xbox 360 edition. I wouldn't let a Russian website prevent me from buying a great game.

link6155 said,
You don't know what your missing out on. PC version is much better then the Xbox 360 edition. I wouldn't let a Russian website prevent me from buying a great game.

yea i know, mod ability and infinite world. but with the Xbox version, i can play with my 10/9 yo Neices 3-play split screen Vs Computer solo

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
I have the Xbox Version, my Neices love it and after my Neices talked my mother into putting it on her Xbox when they visit her, she loves it also.

I would get the PC Version, but after years and years of internet use, putting money through a Russian Website is just ingraned into my mind as a Do Not Do, so wont get MineCraft PC unless its on Steam. Dont care how popular it is. I was addicted to Tetris on NES and Gameboy so nothing aganst russians, lol

*Edit- still cant edit comments on ipad

I like how you think it's russian.....It's not russian, Google Mojang people. It's Swedish, You can buy furniture and cars from Swedan, but not games?

Warboy said,

I like how you think it's russian.....It's not russian, Google Mojang people. It's Swedish, You can buy furniture and cars from Swedan, but not games?

I was told early on it was russian, just looked him up on the minecrat site and correct his nationality says swedan. No need to get bent out if shape about it though. And as far as Cars and furniture comment, i doubt my 12yo car has wifi, and its a Ford. And i dont have to give my furnature a credit card in the cushions, or put a CC in the ignition of the car to start it.

im not putting a CC into a website for an indie / upstart piece of software, into a website of a new startup, bla bla, i dont care how popular it is, or if you get offended

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

I was told early on it was russian, just looked him up on the minecrat site and correct his nationality says swedan. No need to get bent out if shape about it though. And as far as Cars and furniture comment, i doubt my 12yo car has wifi, and its a Ford. And i dont have to give my furnature a credit card in the cushions, or put a CC in the ignition of the car to start it.

im not putting a CC into a website for an indie / upstart piece of software, into a website of a new startup, bla bla, i dont care how popular it is, or if you get offended

I don't think you understood what I meant.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

I was told early on it was russian, just looked him up on the minecrat site and correct his nationality says swedan. No need to get bent out if shape about it though. And as far as Cars and furniture comment, i doubt my 12yo car has wifi, and its a Ford. And i dont have to give my furnature a credit card in the cushions, or put a CC in the ignition of the car to start it.

im not putting a CC into a website for an indie / upstart piece of software, into a website of a new startup, bla bla, i dont care how popular it is, or if you get offended

Im sure an outside professional company is handling the CC info. I bought games from indie developers and they used paypal to handle the CC info on a seperate page on paypal's site before returning to the indie website.