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I don't know much of anything about the gaming industry. Why was PC gaming dead 2 years ago? and why is it back now?
Because of Steam which allows people to download lots of games cheap or free.
More specifically, it's a distribution model that allows smaller developers to get their games out there. And taking the pain, struggle and a lot of money that used to need to be put into distribution for a small developer and being able to focus just on the development of a great game has resulted in a lot of successful games made by these smaller companies. Before steam there were smaller companies, but they were struggling for the most part to breakout with a good title, and the larger companies weren't moving forward with their games or distribution, shit most were moving backwards.
I think a good comparison would be what iTunes and other online music distribution has done for the music industry, specifically increasing the quality and diversity of the products, as well as the range of people marketing their own products.
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