Why Minecraft Wouldn't Work on Steam
Like many gamers, I used to think Minecraft would eventually land on Steam. After all, the two seemed like a perfect match. According to designer Markus "Notch" Persson, however, the two aren't as ideal a pairing as some gamers may think.
"Being on Steam limits a lot of what we're allowed to do with the game, and how we're allowed to talk to our users," stated Notch on his Tumblr account. "We (probably?) wouldn't be able to, say, sell capes or have a map marketplace on minecraft.net that works with Steam customers in a way that keeps Valve happy. It would effectively split the Minecraft community into two parts, where only some of the players can access all of the weird content we want to add to the game."
"We are talking to Valve about this, but I definitely understand their reasons for wanting to control their platform," continued the Minecraft designer. "There's a certain inherent incompatibility between what we want to do and what they want to do. So there's no big argument, we just don't want to limit what we can do with Minecraft."
Of course, Notch isn't bashing the popular digital distribution service. According to Notch, Steam is an impressive service that he certainly uses a lot, and it is "much more awesome than certain other digital distribution platforms that we would NOT want to release Minecraft on."