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Destiny 2 on PC is exclusive to Battle.net and it’s awesome.  Here’s why.


Destiny 2 for PC will be available on Blizzard’s Battle.net instead of Steam. There has been a huge amount of community outrage over this, with many citing the inconvenience of using another client to play Destiny 2. Some people are even planning to boycott the game because of that.

Destiny 2 publisher Activision has plenty of reasons to keep it exclusive to its own platform – thirty at least. This is the percentage of revenue Activision would have to pay Valve, if Destiny 2 was on Steam. That alone is a huge plus for Activision. However, having Destiny 2 on Battle.net will also be great for gamers.

On the one hand, Battle.net is a better client. Sure, it might not have Steam’s Big Picture mode, or the sheer number of games on sale, but the desktop and mobile apps are easier to use, sporting an intuitive, sleek and stylish design. On the other hand, Steam looks like something that would have been cutting edge in 1995.

If look or feel isn’t an issue for you – and it probably isn’t for the majority of Steam’s millions of users – there’s also the matter of politics. Currently, Valve has restricted some of Steam’s core features, such as gifting games.

Gone are the days when you could buy games and store them in your inventory to gift at a later date, and you couldn’t email gifts either. Valve has also removed cross-regional freebies, meaning games that weren’t available in India – like those in the Dragon Ball Z series – for reasons like licensing restrictions, can’t be had either.

On the other hand, Battle.net facilitates giveaways, allowing you to do so via email. It’s not just limited to games either. World of Warcraft, for example, allows users to gift pets, mounts, items, or even game time. In fact, you can even purchase Destiny 2 using World of Warcraft’s in-game currency. Ease of use where it counts is what makes Battle.net a better choice for gamers.

Beyond that, while Steam has made progress in customer support over the years, it still lags behind Battle.net. Blizzard has been the benchmark for years with its thorough approach and quick responses. We have all been through this time and time again, after experiences such as Battle.net account being locked out by hackers, or simply forgetting password and secret question. Recovering access is usually done in less than a day and is hassle-free. Steam, on the other hand, is always looking to better serve its users in this regard.

Much like GOG Galaxy, Battle.net’s treatment of its users is something Valve should take note of. Steam has its fair share of fanboys thanks to its regular game discounts, but it lags behind in other departments that are often overlooked. Steam Greenlight, for example, resulted in a seemingly endless assembly line of cookie-cutter games from stock assets purchased from Unity Store. It took Valve five years to realize the need to replace Steam Greenlight and even then it hasn’t decided what should replace it.

With Destiny 2 coming to Battle.net, it also opens the doors to other non-Blizzard games, which seems like a net positive for players. Of course, you could boycott Destiny 2 on PC anyway, but in doing so, you’re essentially voting for the future of PC gaming to be totally dominated by Gabe Newell and friends, complete with restrictive Steam practices and bad policies. , instead of PC being an open platform, unlike consoles.

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