Steam is in the news today for two reasons: First, Bethesda is killing its game launcherand moving players to Steam, and secondly, Valve is taking some measures against dodgy discounts on its game store.
We’ll go back to the last one, but let’s start with the ‘sunset’ of the Bethesda.net launcher, which is coming soon. In fact, starting in April, users will be able to migrate from Bethesda’s game launcher to Steam, taking all their games and wallets with them.
Bethesda posted to say, “We’d like to thank you for your support and make sure all your games are safe.”
The company further clarified: “You have plenty of time to plan and start migrating your Bethesda.net library to your Steam account. Migrating to Steam will include your game library and Wallet – meaning you won’t lose anything from your Bethesda.net account.”
Saves you may have for “many” games will also be migrated to Steam automatically, but there may be some titles that require you to manually move saves. There are more details on how this manual process will work, and answers to other questions you may have, in Bethesda FAQ here.
You’ll be able to use Bethesda’s launcher until May 2021, but the company advises that once the Steam migration process becomes available, you’ll have to go through it.
Please note that anyone with Bethesda the account will still have it and will be able to log into the site (or with games that need it); it’s just the launcher software being abandoned.
This change will come as a relief to some, of course – there are a number of game launchers currently from publishers, as well as stores like Steam, Epic, and others, which means some players are definitely frustrated with the number of different apps they can shut down. until you have to install it.
That said, Bethesda’s launcher wasn’t that widely used, and many people have just acquired the company’s games on Steam, which is no doubt part of the reasoning behind this move.
Steam’s new rules on discounts
As we mentioned at the beginning, Valve is tightening the rules for game publishers to apply discounts to their products on Steam to crack down on some of the deceptive practices in this area.
We’re mostly talking about a company raising the price of a certain game (or multiple games) as a sale event approaches, to allow the price to be reduced with what appears to be a huge discount (but in reality it’s only so important because the price was artificially raised beforehand). In some cases, the actual discount applied may be very small (or perhaps even non-existent – the product is simply returned at the price that we must to be, and was, in the first place).
How Windows Centralwho saw Valve’s new rulespoints out, there is also a dishonest practice involving small discounts (like 1% off) to try to circumvent Steam’s algorithm and have a chance to show up during sales events.
The regulations now introduced do not allow discounts of less than 10% (or more than 90% in that case) and make it so that if the price of a game is increased, no further discounts can be applied for 28 days afterwards. In addition, there are several other new rules, such as after a launch discount expires, you cannot run another discount for 28 days.
By the way, these rule changes are not yet in effect – they will go into effect on March 28th.