Paradox exec: Steam’s 30% fee is “outrageous”

Paradox exec: Steam’s 30% fee is “outrageous”

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Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Surviving Mars) seems to be getting fed up with the “standard” 30% fee on sales charged by Steam and many other game platforms. Speaking at a Gamelab panel hosted by GamesIndustry.biz last week, Paradox Chairman of the Board and former CEO Fredrik Wester called that state of affairs “outrageous,” adding, “I think the platform holders are taking too much money. Everyone in the press here, just quote me on that.”

The 30% fee baseline, Wester argues, can trace its origins back to the economics of the home video market in the 1970s, when studios like Warner Bros. negotiated similar fees with retailers selling early VHS tapes. “That was physical. It cost a lot of money,” he said. “This doesn’t cost anything. So Epic has done a great job for the whole industry, because you get 88 percent. Fantastic

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