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Elite: Dangerous owners and buyers to get free Steam key

by Mark Tyson on 11 May 2015, 11:05

Tags: Valve, Kickstarter

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Frontier Developments will be dishing out Steam keys for anyone who has already bought Elite: Dangerous via its website or via the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The offer will extend to all future customers who buy the game from the EliteDangerous.com store.

Edward Lewis, a Community Manager at Frontier said that the move will be made as a sign of appreciation to customers. On the official Frontier Developments forums Lewis explained:

"We always appreciate it when you buy direct from our store because it means we can put more into supporting and developing Elite: Dangerous, but we know a number of long-time players and backers like to play through Steam and we think it’s fair everyone has that option, not just new players."

As you might already know, Elite: Dangerous runs on Frontier’s servers. Thus Frontier and Valve have been working together to "seamlessly connect your Steam and existing Frontier accounts in a way that's easy". The fruits of their labour are almost ready. By the end of this month, or 28th May to be precise, it is promised that Elite: Dangerous owners will be able to generate a Steam key from their account pages.

Elite: Dangerous has been available on Steam for £39.99 ($59.99) since April. If you buy via the Steam platform Valve gets an approximate 30 per cent cut, reports Eurogamer. Valve can't be missing out on too big a cut of that percentage to play nicely with Frontier – with such a popular game Frontier must have got a favourable deal. Meanwhile Elite: Dangerous DLC packs will still only be purchasable via the EliteDangerous.com store.



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I'm always amazed at how much of a cut the middle man can take in these sort of situations. 30% brings that £50 game down to a far more palatable £35, that has to hurt sales. And Steam must be raking it in - kudos to them for making their idea work, and popular - their overheads can't be that high.
Awesome.

Now both can be linked. well done frontier
miniyazz
I'm always amazed at how much of a cut the middle man can take in these sort of situations. 30% brings that £50 game down to a far more palatable £35, that has to hurt sales. And Steam must be raking it in - kudos to them for making their idea work, and popular - their overheads can't be that high.

It's only £39.99, both in the FD Store and on Steam. £50 is the physical disc version, I believe, from FD.

What I'd like to know is whether playing the game from Steam opens the ED Launcher and whether you can open/play ED without having to launch it from Steam in the first place.
Whats the biggie about using FD with Steam?
I just bought this on steam the other day just for the convenience of having most of my games there. I feel kinda gutted now. I could've bought it straight from them, given them more money, and then got a free steam key to give to my friend. Dammit!!