Following an investor conference, Poland-based digital distributor GOG.com -- known for their great catalogue of DRM-free classic PC games -- have proclaimed their ambitions
to take the number two spot (behind Steam) and they want to start bringing on more recent games to get there.
First, we will be adding newer games into the catalog in 2012. Traditionally, GOG.com has looked for great classics that are three years old or older. We will continue to add classic games, of course, but we are actively working to sign newer titles now. Of course, these new titles will have to come at a new, higher price point, but our key focus will always be on the same core values that have made GOG.com great so far: completely DRM-free games, flat prices everywhere in the world, and extra content and goodies for our fantastic customers.
Finally, we want to work closely with ambitious developers and independent publishers who feel a kinship with that 'good old spirit' that GOG.com embodies. Thanks to the commercial success of The Witcher 2 on GOG.com, more and more people realize that our values are universal. They are coming to GOG and asking if we can carry their titles. We’ve made GOG.com the destination for classic PC games, but now is the time to take this to the next level and emerge as the best alternative digital distribution platform for all PC games.
As great as DRM-free distro is, many Australians will likely be even happier with regional pricing parity. Here's hoping that they can convince some of the bigger third party players to sign up on those terms, but even seeing some new games on GOG from smaller indie studios would be a great start.
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I doubt it's ever been a question whether GOG is able or willing to do it, more so that big studios can get twitchy about having no DRM, not really sure why though when the big games DRM get cracked within days of street release anyway so it's pointless.
Regional price parity sounds great, but I'm not sure whether GOG would have more clout than Valve when it comes to convincing publishers not to price their games stupidly.
Posted 03:23pm 18/11/11
that's the problem they'll have. I wouldn't mind if the games came out a couple weeks later on GOG so that they can still have their initial launch with DRM. Some companies have removed a games DRM after the first month