Digital distributors refuse to stock PC Modern Warfare 2

Direct2Drive, Impulse, Gamersgate shun mandatory Steam installation

The mandatory installation of Steam for Modern Warfare 2 PC has been deemed a "Trojan horse" by digital distributor Direct2Drive, who's refused to stock the game along with Impulse and Gamersgate.

Direct2Drive has told Gamasutra, "We don't believe games should force the user to install a Trojan Horse." The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will use Valve's Steamworks to manage such processes as installation, DRM, patching and save games, but this also means that Steam itself needs to be on players' systems.

The online retailers feel that selling a game that carries a storefront for a competitor is against their interests.

Impulse told IGN PC site VE3D, "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."

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But the retailers emphasise that their issue is not with Modern Warfare 2 or Activision. "Our issues with the game are solely with the Steamworks bundling. We enjoy a great relationship with Activision and would love to sell the title, but not with Steam," said Impluse, while Direct2Drive will be offering US$5 off coupons to some Activision titles as recompense to customers.

The news follows Gearbox's Randy Pitchford's claim that as a developer Valve has a conflict of interest regarding Steam, and called for Steam's move to being an independent business.

Supplied by Edge-Online: 'Digital Distributors Refuse To Stock PC Modern Warfare 2'