Time4Tea, if GOG doesn't change, what are you're plans after a year of the boycott? Will you return to GOG or does it depend on how Zoom Platform are doing? Not sure what I intend to do yet.
Good question! I think I will see how things go and reassess at the end of the year. If there are no signs of GOG changing for the better, I probably won't stop buying altogether, but significantly reduce. I might just buy 1 game a year that I really want on a deep discount. Certainly, I will stop the 'goodwill' spending: buying games I haven't got time to play; paying full price to support GOG, rather than buying on sale, etc.
As far as Zoom Platform, I think right now is a fantastic opportunity for them to take some market share from GOG, which they need to take advantage of. I have heard rumors they are planning to revamp their website and they have a backlog of games to release. So, I will keep an eye on them and hope to see some progress. If they take off and grow and stay DRM-free, they will probably be my store of choice.
Have to say they're making the boycott very easy on us in 2021, with nothing so far that I would consider a big release (let alone a must-have one).
I agree! So far this year, I haven't seen anything I have even been tempted to add to my wishlist. I'm guessing maybe they shot off many of their pending big guns before the end of the year.
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I would be wary of Zoom. I looked through it and I just see a lot of potential for disaster there. I don't think they're ready for the big time, but am fully aware of the situation. One thing that you just aren't considering (and has been true of everything I've observed so far) is that the more popular and mainstream something becomes, the more likely it is to jump the shark and fall prey to corporatism. I'm a proud capitalist, but even I can see when corporations become too big for their britches and fail. Perhaps this is going on with GOG.
Let's look at the past couple of years. First Bethesda, then EA, now Warner Bros. These are some pretty powerful corporations, far removed from the little game store that just sold Messiah, Baldur's Gate and other games from yesteryear. GOG is definitely trying to be a mainstream competitor for Steam and Epic. But they decided to partner with Epic in order to stand up to Steam. So of course, the Devotion thing happened. When you partner with a company that China owns 38% of, don't be surprised when they start kowtowing to China. And I'm betting you that the only way to get Devotion on this platform like you all want, is for GOG to de-partner with Epic. However, we don't know what that partnership agreement offered to GOG. Maybe Epic made them a deal that they found far more enticing than whatever putting Devotion on the platform would have offered. I know for sure that Mortal Shell is coming to this platform, and it was primarily an Epic Games Exclusive for example. They may value the money made from that more.
And let's think of it like businessmen. Out of the 8,427 people who spammed requests for Devotion, how many people will actually buy it? There may be a few games that GOG feels will make more bank than Devotion if they had put it on the platform, and a lot of people are all talk. For example, if GOG released the game tomorrow, they would post it all over their Twitter feeds and there would be videos from YouTubers and all this - so you would have support buys. Unfortunately, a lot of people would just post the fact that they're happy but not actually buy it. This would be a major fail for the company. In fact, out of the nearly 9,000 people who requested it, only about a quarter of that would actually pick it up. The rest would just move onto something else to get upset about. Another game, movie, television show, exc - whatever the internet tells them that they need to be upset about this time. And that's the truth. That's more or less how GOG feels about this situation. They probably think that they have more to lose from Epic and the partnership there than to post a game that threatens Epic and Tencent.
Devotion is only one of the problems here, but it is most brought up by boycotters. Almost every post I have read has featured it. So it really is seeming to be the big issue here to these people, whether they are actual GOG customers or just angry internet people who are bored during a pandemic.
At the end of the day, GOG is going to have a tough decision to make. They will either have to sever their partnership with Epic and Tencent, or they will lose customers and support worldwide. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.