GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

As of January 15th, GameStop started taking preorders for Dawn Of War 2, but less than a week later it stopped taking preorders and removed all references to the game.

Dawn Of War 2 has already gone gold (reached the final stage of production, and is ready for distribution) and is slated for release on February 19, 2009.

Sources close to GameStop claim that the store delisted the game due to its strong ties with Steam. Allegedly, installing Steam is mandatory to be able to play Dawn Of War 2, even if it's a retail version or a digital download one. Understandably, it seems that GameStop doesn't like to distribute a competing distribution outlet to its customers.

Valve, THQ and GameStop refused to comment.

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Steam causes no issues at all for me.
As was stated before, unless your PC is a giant pile of poo, then it causes no slow downs. I'm on a laptop and it doens't even affect me.
And yeah, offline mode is fine with everything.
Peopel against DRM, how about not pirating stuff and making it worse? Your just punishing the honest people who aren't thieving skulking complaining ratbags.

this game is stuffed

I have just spent over ten hours trying to get this damn game to run - and my PC is state of the art
After wanting to download files for both steam and the game over the web (aint it on the disk??) it then went into total meltdown and would not create the profiles -
This is the WORST set up experience I have ever had in over twenty years of gaming. I am not buying civ 5 cause its on steam and will never touch this again - If you have not brought this yet then don't

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

Fourth, having to run install and run steam for a boxed game is even more ridiculous, And no, it does'nt slow down or stop piracy. It maybe slowed down the first game to have this kind if 'protection' but now that the crackers have the know-how, pirates gets a clean game while legits get a s**tty program running in the background for nothing.

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

Having worked at EB during the GameStop merge (before i quit/was forced out). This follows gamestops mentality, f**k the consumer, f**k the developers, piracy? technically gamestop and these 'pawn' places are just a legal place to sell and buy someone else's 'used' Intellectual Property. gamestop is booming on this, and the industry is losing money at the same rate as piracy

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

Anon @ 19:44. No f**king benifits. Most of todays ISP impose download cap, so it cost me more to buy 'air' content. Where's the f**king benifits? Faster delivery? Don't have to go out to buy it? Well I just have to order the boxed game from a store, and While I wait download a pirated copy over p2p? Cost me the same for a product I can touch...The brand new DVD can even stay in it's boxe so I dont scratch or loose it, I just use the backup copy, and the legit CD-Key.

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

anon@16:23 ignorance is a bliss but stupidity should be a crime. steam IS DRM... f**ktart... as well not everone (even people in the US) can get high speed with out caps or have high enough speed that, they can download the game in the time it would take to go to the store and buy the game....also maybe somepeople you like like having the manual... and being able to sell/trade/give away the game when they don't want it... instead of realising that once they are done with it there f**ked becuse its worthless

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

so, Gamestop can carry Half-Life and Sin, which requires a Steam install, but they can't carry this? I mean, Steam isn't my favorite thing in the world, but I don't mind when the patches to all my games can be delivered and installed with our me haveing to worry with it. And all the people here who is hating on Steam is just made cause it makes it harder to copy that game.

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

anon@18:12 That's not the point. The point is, as someone else stated, that Steam is DRM and the only fact you don't have the choice to run it if you want or not, sucks. It was first intended for Valve's games and now spreads like a disease. If only it really slowed piracy, but it does'nt at all. So the pirate actually gets a clean version of the game, while the legit user is forced to login and run that piece of crap each time he wanna play a game. I heard DoW 2 had Live too, which is another piece of crap.

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

Im sorry that you are paying to get on AOL with your 56K modems. Im sorry you can't afford to reward a good developer by buying one of their games. But i am most sorry for the fact that you guys are here b***hing about how lame Steams DRM is(for valves titles, its unlimited downloads, to any PC...forever), when you should be enjoying one of their great polished shooters or someone elses game, whatever you choose. If the scary future of DRM is valve distributing unlimited downloads (and from Valve it IS unlimited) of software you have purchased to any PC you want WTF are you b***hing about? STFU. If you like games, please stop s**tting where you eat.

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

anon@21:6 unlimited downloads big deal, direct2drive does that exact same thing! with no drm or cd or anything like that needed at all! wow! besides the point. if its a game I really want, I'd rather have a physical copy that I can hold, look at and display, not simply an icon on my desktop, and a record in a big corporate database

GameStop Won't Distribute Dawn Of War 2 Because Of Steam

@Mr. 16:23But you need to login. And no matter what, you can lose all your games.I lost an account because I tried to get HL2 before it was in my country(I had to wait 2 weeks, wtf) by exploiting a bug. I had already payed it!But anyway, They cancelled an account with 100€ in games. All of valve games to date.That can't happen with real games.Fuc­k steam, I love it to play CSS and DODS, but I don't want it to be the standard. Retail games without DRM is the way to go.I will pirate DoW2, of course. I will have it before it's in the shelves in my country, and in the language I want: English.

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