Notch is full of (legitimate) praise for Steam and Valve in the blog post commenting on whether Minecraft will ever be released on Steam. The reasons that Notch calls the same are the ones that keep falling in the discussion about EA-Steam collaboration.
Being on Steam limits a lot of what we do with the game, and how we’re allowed to talk to our users. We (probably?) Would not be able to say, sell or have a market place on minecraft.net. It would effectively split the Minecraft community into two parts, where only some of the players access all the weird content we want to add to the game.
It’s a small word, but here makes the subtle difference to EA: the whole “weird”, the whole strange content that Mojang still wants to do with Minecraft, is a good argument. Unlike EA, Mojang has clear ideas about what content might be causing problems. That EA with such ideas behind the mountain holds, is not exactly trustworthy. At EA we are annoyed by it, if Battlefield 3 does not appear on Steam. At Notch we understand. Not least because Notch simply says bluntly what’s up. “Openess is awesome,” says Notch. He is right.