During a call to Ubisoft investors tonight, CEO Yves Guillemot was asked what his take was on Valve’s Steam platform. Bottom line: Ubisoft will keep an eye on you.
“We are happy that Steam Deck is coming to the industry,” said Guillemot. “It shows that a flow of very innovative new hardware is continuing to hit the market, and so we will look and see how big it gets. If it’s big, we can put our games in it.”
That’s as elusive as you’d expect of a CEO during an investor call, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Ubisoft currently has over a hundred games available on Steam, almost all of which will work on the Steam Deck at launch without Ubisoft having to do anything.
More recently, however, Ubisoft kept their games off of Steam and released them through Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store. That includes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
Perhaps if the Steam Deck gets big enough, it will be an added incentive for Ubisoft to bring its new games back to Steam and surrender to Valve’s highest percentage of sales. Steam takes 20-30% of game sales versus the much smaller Epic Games Store, 12%.
Of course, Ubisoft games don’t need to come to Steam in order to play them on the Steam Deck. It’s a PC from start to finish, which means you can install Windows there and then install Ubisoft Connect or the Epic Games Store yourself. Steam’s game library is huge too, which means I’m less interested in publishers bringing more games to the Steam Deck than supporting games that are already there with controller settings and UI updates tailored to the shape and screen of the Steam Deck. .