Well, I don't think the Beamdog activation is ripped from the Steam client.
like i said, the Steam product page makes no mention of any account activation. and according to a recent PC Gamer news post, no Beamdog account is required and the Steam edition does indeed NOT have cloud saves.
mind you, cloud saves aren't really all that important to me, but i say that for €19 full SteamWorks integration should have been the least you could expect from this release. this is just lazy.
2. Complaining that Steam gets a bigger share of the sale price than they do is quite legitimate. Hardly means anything about overall sales figures
he should take it up with Atari since Valve takes only some 30% as commission, while physical retail is more like 50%. this fact has been emphasized in Steam's favour by many small developer studios and by indie studios.
looks like Oster sucks at negotiating.
No, they didn't put it on Steam and didn't plan it, it was Atari's move.
same difference. Oster obviously thought it would draw people to Beamdog, when nobody in PC gaming wants yet another service/client. Atari, on the other hand, is concerned with making the game profitable, so it's not a stretch to imagine that the Beamdog release didn't sell much and Atari had to put it on Steam (and GamersGate, by the way) to get some decent sales out of it.
Poor bastards. It's $11.99 for me on Steam. :P
Ukrainian prices for Ukrainian wages. sounds fair to me. what sucks is Europeans (or Americans) earning European wages but wanting to pay Ukrainian prices. fucking vultures.