Destiny 2 Won’t Be On Steam, Will Require Blizzard Launcher
Destiny 2 Steam
(Last Updated On: May 19, 2017)

Activision is now starting to test the waters with forgoing the 30% distribution cut that Valve would usually take from a game being available on Steam. They’re doing this by using Blizzard’s formerly named Battle.net launcher, which is now known as the Blizzard Launcher.

According to Shacknews, Destiny 2 will be making its appearance on PC for the very first time but it won’t be doing so on Steam.

Shacknews is reporting that Blizzard CEO, Mike Morhaime, revealed that Destiny 2 won’t be appearing on Steam and will be exclusively using the Blizzard Launcher instead.

This is a departure from the typical Activision roll out of their games, where they’ve previously launched on Steam, including all of their Call of Duty games. Now many might say that this is typical for Blizzard since none of their games are on Steam either, but Destiny 2 isn’t being developed by Blizzard… it’s being made by Bungie.

This could be Activision’s way of testing the waters to see if they can edge out Valve from the distribution equation and keep the 30% for themselves, similar to what EA has done with their games and Origin.

This also means that they can keep all the sales stats and potential revenue of the PC version of Destiny 2 out of the public and prying eye of Steam Spy. There’s a lot of data that can be gleaned about a game from Steam Spy, and forfeiting a game from appearing on Steam means that analysts, industry insiders, and the media are bereft from having that information, which benefits Activision and the message they want to send regarding their products.

For instance, we still have no idea how many units Overwatch has actually sold. All we know is that 30 million people registered to play the game, which includes millions of people who have played the game from PC cafes and PC bangs over in South Korea and China. Muddying the data helps secure the internal figures for Activision and Blizzard but does little to help illuminate where their properties stand on the market.

Anyway, you’ll be able to play Destiny 2 for the first time on PC starting this September, but you won’t be playing it natively through Steam.


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  • tajlund

    I’m so glad I have no interest in multiplayer games. I just checked on my computer and after the new Twitch launcher I have seven freaking game launchers installed on my system. This has gotten ridiculous.

  • FlamingoJet

    This is very unusual and interesting…

  • RichardGristle

    Eh, the reason it’ll be slightly more successful and could grow to something more substantial than Origin or Uplay is that there are millions of people constantly playing nu-Blizzard crap on that client. That said, I know there are lots of people – myself included – that have 0 desire to have the Blizzard client on their computer.

    After playing all of their games hardcore from Diablo to WotLK, I got over that company quick when it became clear that Activision was heavily influencing them after the merge.

  • ItEotWaWKI

    Good. Hope it’s successful and Activision starts releasing their stuff exclusively through Blizzard’s client.

  • Horrorstorm

    I have Blizzard Launcher so this won’t be too much of a chore. It would make more sense to just make Destiny 2 available through steam like everything else for the most part.

    Apparently, it’s more worthwhile to be stupid idiots and encourage less people to play your games.

  • Kyle Haddad

    that’s a very unusual move by activision/blizzard. they tend to keep the activision and blizzard separate. This I think will have one of two conclusions, IT sells well enough on the blizzard platform to make Activision consider turning the Blizzard platform into a more general in house Digital Distributor. Or it sells poorly enough that activision will make the statement that PC is not a major platform.

    • …or there’s option C, and they pull a Microsoft and put their games back on Steam.

      • Kyle Haddad

        True… I think having it available to both the Blizzard platform and steam would probably be the best solution as long as they don’t make the other a requirement if you get it on one.

  • Muten

    It begins.