a service 98% of PC gamers already use on a regular basis. Just speculation by me though.
Speculation indeed as you are 100% wrong. About the "98%" part.
What I fear is that Steam will become the single point of failure in the gaming industry.
Basically, if Steam becomes the only digital distribution platform (controlling 90% of the industry likely will get the same results), then it is the single point of failure of the industry. At that point, if anything bad were to happen to Steam, or if Steam were to make a bad decision, then it will affect the whole gaming industry in a bad way. I don't think there is any company ready to take over should Steam fail, or makes most customers leave in disgust.
I have other problems with Steam that I'll likely mention later.
One of the used arguments if that "What is Steam suddenly booms". Which as unrealistic as it may sound, is still an interesting topic. I'd not trust Steam(Valve) to release patches to your presently installed games (good luck to those with hundreds of games bought, many of which are still unplayed) to remove the Steamworks requirements but I'd trust Stardock to do something about their Steamworks games. Mostly because it's good PR.
Steam making bad decissions that can hurt the gaming industry? May seem unlikely but if EA were to buy Steam, would you still trust them? Or if Bobby Kotick did but it? Change some key players and what you knew becomes unknown.
Brad did seem to change his mind on Steam.
Stardock was assimilated by the Steam. Resistance is futile. But if you want to make big bucks, you bandwagon. It's a respectable decission and while we are entitled to our opinion, none of us are important enough to tell Brad how to run his company anyway. As long as Stardock makes good games and supports them, I'm willing to deal with any delivery platform of their choice. It doesn't mean I have to like it though.
Steam may not be evil (Apple and Google are way up in the list) but while it offers some nice services, it has it flaws and I would prefer less intrusion (or make it optional). Also, they want money and they do stuff to try to force you to spend money on them. Those sales are psychological warfare, I tell you!!! Steam gets worse when people like Ubisoft forces you to Steamworks and uPlay. Like, seriously? Is it not enough that to play an exe I need to execute another two exes more? To play a single player experience? In which I couldn't care less about Achievements? Forcing me to deal with "oflfine modes" that I shouldn't have to worry about because I never had any interest in all that online stuff*?
Gal Civ III may be Steamworks enabled or only available through Steam but playable without starting Steam. As long as some years later it appears in GoG much like GalCiv I, it'd be nice.
P.S. the reset paswword in this forum seems to send a blank e-mail. WTF? Had to go through Elemental forums to get a functional e-mail with reset link.
* except patches for bug fixes or improvements