There is already a thread discussing alternative distribution platforms (Steam Release?
). Don't let the name fool you, it's not just about Steam.
The short answer to your question (from that thread):
IainMcNeil wrote:Thanks for the posts but we have a strategy which has worked well for the last 13 years and we are not planning GoG, EA origins etc. We have a Steam account are looking at that but this is the only platform we are considering for next year.
Green Man Gaming is terrible. They've embedded SecuROM directly into Capsule
, their download client.
They're sneaky about this, too, it's rather hard to find any clear info on the subject. Here's another article
from that same time-period, when GMG launched apparently. There's also an article from Destructoid
, but they use my previous link as their source.
I use Steam, GoG, GamersGate and Desura (though I prefer Steam), but GMG is something I refuse to touch, even despite the fact that they somehow have great deals.
I'm not sure how it works... some of the games they sell are Steamworks, I guess those don't go through Capsule, instead only giving you a Steam key? It's possible that only their games listed as requiring Capsule use SecuROM. Regardless, I refuse to give GMG money out of pure principle: this is a company who thinks that having SecuROM in their downloader
is a good idea. That's beyond terrible.
Not everybody minds SecuROM, of course, but this means that GMG has no place in a discussion about Steam "because they don't use DRM", as you say; GMG uses far worse DRM than Steam does.
Honestly, I don't even know if Capsule still uses SecuROM. I haven't been able to find any recent news about the issue. Maybe this means they don't use it anymore? I think that a much more logical assumption, though, is simply that this means nothing has changed.