Glad for you, but kinda dont understand that are you doing on GOG then...
I was initially drawn here by Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Jagged Alliance and Heroes of Might and Magic III (which were hard to find) when GOG was the only place that had them. That was about five years ago. I actually bought games from GOG first before I joined Steam - i.e., I was reluctant to buy digital games and I only bought games in physical medium . I bought my first digital games on GOG, which then led me to to buying from Steam. Since then, I've moved more and more towards Steam for a few reasons. Here are some of them:
1. GOG is too slow in acquiring titles. When GOG acquires titles, most likely I already have them on Steam. If I already own a game on Steam, I am more inclined to buy the sequel or future season/episodes on Steam as well - because I want to keep the series together at the same place.
Examples: when GOG started selling TellTale's The Walking Dead Seasons 1/ 2 and Game of Thrones, I had already bought - and completed - them on Steam. When the next season of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones comes out, I will most likely buy it on Steam as well - because I want to keep the series together at one place. I have the same situation with Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition and Van Helsing: I already got them on Steam when GOG started selling them.
2. The second problem is related to the previous one: for those same games, the discounts on GOG are not as deep as those on Steam/Green Man Gaming/GamersGate/Humble Bundles. For me, that creates a big problem for GOG. I think I bought The Walking Dead at 80-percent on Steam/Green Man Gaming/GamersGate, and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition at 66%/75% off at Steam.
If I already owned a title on Steam, the only way I would reconsider "re-buying" it on GOG is if GOG has HUGE discount: at 75% off, at the very least, before I would consider. Honestly, now I am leaning towards minimum
80% discount - because I do already have them on Steam. Yet, for those games the discounts on GOG have not been as deep as the discounts for Steam. I have not seen GOG cut 75% or 80% for The Walking Dead and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. 50% or 60% just does not cut it when I already have the games on Steam.
The Walking Dead Season 3 and a new Baldur's Game is coming out soon - and because I already own the previous games on Steam, I am also more likely to buy the sequel/preque/mid-quel on Steam as well. IMO, if GOG wants my future business for the sequel/mid-quel, it should offer a HUGE discounts for the previous games to get me to "migrate" from Steam - i.e., a special discount for people who already own the games on Steam.
3. The big selling point of GOG is that a game is "DRM free". Here is a surprise that Steam does not advertise: many games on Steam are DRM free as well. If a game is DRM free on GOG and Steam has it, it is most likely DRM free on Steam as well. I've recently discovered that the Steam versions of Fallout 1/2, Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, The Walking Dead are actually DRM free. (Honestly though, DRM is really not a big issue for me. The most important thing is that the game works and runs fine, and the DRM does not breaks/ruins it or causes any problem with the game.)
4. I play games from Steam as well as GOG. However, since I started buying digital about five years ago, all of the best games I've played - my "top" games - are on Steam: Tomb Raider 2013, XCOM: Enemy Within, Batman: Arkham City, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and a few others. Those are the games that I absolutely love, and GOG does not have them. Which has made me more likely to look into Steam games - because I know I am more likely to find a game that I really, really love on Steam.
I know there are people who are GOG fanatics/fanboys who refuse to buy from Steam. Honestly, I play games, not GOG. If a place offers good games that I love at low prices that I love, then it has my business. I am pragmatic like that.
Thats some critics for sure...
But, i have some objections. First, for me its clear that while, as you say "GOG is slow to get games" situation is little by little improving. We got a lot of AAA titles lately, many of which was previously "Steam only" There is more fresh releases as well, like Crookz or something like that.
Prevously that titles was just big NONO for GOG.
Next, its Good OLD games, doesnt it? Its kinda natural to get games little seasoned...ah, thats joke. But do you really think GOG should get ALL games from Steam to its catalog?
2) Discounts - yes, can agree with that. Its probably distributor thing, i think, anyway. These folks just dont see any reason considering size of market comparing to steam.
3) Oh. come on. "Here is a surprise that Steam does not advertise: many games on Steam are DRM free as wel" Its just same as to say that prisoners is free to go anywhere they want as long as they entered prison. Oh yeah, "drm-free" on Steam. Once you became infected its doesnt matter anymore for you.
4) "my "top" games - are on Steam: Tomb Raider 2013, XCOM: Enemy Within, Batman: Arkham City, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and a few others. Those are the games that I absolutely love, and GOG does not have them." you blame GOG for not having games which distributors decided to go "Steam-only"?
Its similar to blaming Linux for not running Windows applications.
Well, while traveling in humble support articles i stumbled on "Store submitting form" for game developers. From that i have read i thing migrating from Widget to Store is absolutely not automatic. Developer have to fill out form, provide url to Widget if he have it and sign papers lately. So, since its legal case i think Humble cannot force developers to get their games in store (and lose some of share %) against its will.
That makes quite sense, thank you. I'm surprised the humble
guys at Humble haven't already changed the rules so they can do it, no matter the devs' opinion...
You cannot GIFT it but you can still give away the key since it is not automatically linked to your Steam account as it was before.
Don't be ashamed. You managed to put in a single sentence what took me two paragraphs to express. :P
I dunno about USA stuff, really, but here, in Wild Russia its supposed that one side cannot change contract in way its hurting other side interests without gettin its agree first. Since moving from Widget to Store DO hurt developers interests (lower profit share) i think they just cannot do that. Probably. Ask lawyers :)
OFC humble can convince developer by offering some marketing instead, like big banner on Store page, but its all personal and if game sold via Widget doesnt makes HUGE money flow they doubt to bother much.