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The Perils of Being Tied to the Steam Third Party Game Distribution DRM System

Much has been written all over the internet about the anti-consumer effects of DRM (Digital Rights Management, or more accurately, Digital Restrictions Management) which infects virtually all digital content nowadays, including that on Steam and other content delivery platforms such as Origin and Uplay. Notable exceptions are www.gog.com and CD Projekt Red with their Witcher games series – big respect for these guys. Somehow they still make decent profits even without DRM… Wccftech recently reported that Steam no longer supports Windows XP or Vista from 1st Jan 2019. On the face of it, this might seem reasonable, since these are old operating systems that hardly anyone uses. But, there’s a sinister side effect to this that’s not obvious at first glance: Valve are dictating what games you can actually play – for games that you have a perpetual licence for….