Quote Originally Posted by DanLamb View Post
This is the worst logic, that Valve has somehow "earned" a rightful competition free monopoly on taking a revenue cut on games completely developed and funded by others. For games that Valve funds/develops, sure they should get revenue for those.
There is nothing wrong with that logic but there is something wrong with yours. Valve has to run steam, which includes indefinitely hosting a growing number of games. The bandwidth, hosting, and technical competence does not come free, thus it's impossible to offer the service for free and why should they?

They may have a solid position on the market but steam is not a natural monopoly other than the desire to have all your games under one service. Anyone can self publish a game and yet valves customers, which includes both publishers and gamers, find it beneficial to utilise the steam platform. That's the market working.