I don't really see how. It would be akin to someone objecting to Microsoft's DirectX insisting we also provide an OpenGL version.
What most gamers don't realize is that Steamworks isn't about DRM. It's a full-on platform that provides hundreds of services big and small for game developers. I'd argue that Microsoft should be the ones making these kinds of things. But they're not. Valve is.
What I like about GOG (Which stands for Good Old Games after all) is that it provides a nice place for legacy games to get a second life. That is its mission. It's not really viable as a method to sell current games.
I understand that there may not be, or at least may not be a viable option, I'm not even really open to the GOG option, this post just gave an opening for the discussion. All I'm asking is this not require online access to play the game, I only have a few games on steam, unlike the hundreds that others have, none of these games require me to be online to play as steam still launches and still allows me to play, if Galactic Civilizations III is the same way I'm fine with it.
My largest concern is not what I have to download or have on my computer to play the game as I know Stardock has always has it's fans in mind when producing a game but instead what happens if Valve (Steam) has issues? Where do I go to play the game I purchased the right to play? That is the only reason I support the alternate options.
As far as being the same as objecting to Direct X that isn't the same, as Windows doesn't make the end user be online to continue to use my Windows PC, to get updates and support yes, or even to register the product and have it work initially, yes, simular to the way Galactic Civilizations II was, you want support you need to be registered and you get your updates ad support.
Now times change, to survive as a company I understand you need to invest wisely, so by having a large global digital distribution company on your side like Valve (Steam) to assist in this process, with no hard copy, helps the company financially by getting it front of people that would otherwise not see it and cutting overhead in hard copies. I agree that is a smart choice.
Now with all that being said let me rephrase my concern, can Stardock say that this will not require you to be online to play? and if you don't need to be online to play or start the game, does the company have a plan in place, even if they can't say what publicly should Valve (Steam) run into problems?
(I tried to search for always online and could not fine a specific post answering this, so I apologize if this has been answered)