It seems that Modern Warfare 2 can’t keep away from controversy. At first it was the lack of dedicated servers. This was followed by the controversial “Fight Against Grenade Spam” video. Then there was the leaked scene where you can kill civilians. Now digital distributors Direct2Drive, GamersGate, and Impulse are refusing to carry the game.
Why? Apparently these distributors aren’t fans of Steam. According to a statement from Direct2Drive, “We believe strongly that when you buy a game from us, you shouldn’t be forced to install and run a 3rd party software client to be able to play the game you purchased.” The company went on to say “We don’t believe games should force the user to install a Trojan Horse.”
The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 depends on Valve’s Steamworks framework, which provides a layer of DRM, as well as auto-updates, achievements, and anti-cheat features.
Distributor Impulse stated, “We share some of the same concerns as Direct2Drive over the bundling of the Steam client with the game. The most obvious issue is the forced inclusion of a competitor’s store that blocks us from carrying the game.”
It is important to note that Direct2Drive, as well as GamersGate, sells Zeno Clash, an indie game that requires you to install Steam.
What do you guys think about this? I understand these services not wanting to promote a game that requires you to use one of their competitors, but if this were the case, why do they sell Zeno Clash? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.