@patrickklepek I'm not saying that Uplay or Origin are services that are as good as steam (because they aren't) but this is definitely a good thing in that it gives Steam competitors. Having one company be the sole distributor of all digital PC games, and basically have a monopoly can end up being really messed up and detrimental. Right now, people are good with steam because they for the most part agree with the way the service is run. However if tomorrow Valve made some drastic decision that you don't like, it's good to know that there are alternative methods and sources to get your digital games.
This thing with this argument is that nothing has changed with regards to Steam having more competitors; these alternate stores aren't new in any way, people have been free to buy pretty much any things from wherever they want for years now. Steam cannot be considered a monopoly because Valve quite clearly makes no demands of exclusivity or sole distribution to anyone ever for any product they offer. Yes, probably even their own.
(Since Valve products are even available on at least one other storefront, I would hazard a guess that Uplay or Origin would also be free to carry their stuff as well if they were so inclined. In fact, rather hilariously, up until some time in the recent past the Ubisoft store apparently actually sold Portal 2.)
It's certainly their prerogative to sell (or not sell) their products where they want, but don't fall for the fallacy that says making stuff just not available on Steam somehow makes Uplay or Origin better or more preferable services in any way. In fact, it's actually much closer to just making them the uncompetitive monopoly people complain Steam supposedly is.
If they actually wanted to provide a better option for consumers than Steam rather than just snubbing it, Ubisoft could simply use the fact that they don't have to pay anyone a cut on their own store for their own product to undercut the Steam price and still make more per-unit than they would have on Steam. This would be a step towards the actual competition people claim to want to see so much from these other services.
@humanity: But can you prove that's true? Seems kind of harsh to lump everyone who complains about the service into a group labelled "hate bandwagon" or something. It should be possible to pick out the people who have had actual issues with the service.
Personally, if I were to rank the services from the most/biggest problems I've had with them to the fewest/smallest (relative to the amount of time spent/games played) it would be GFWL, then Uplay, then Origin and then Steam.
Yeah, I would not really have any issues with Uplay popping up when I launched a Ubi game on Steam if it was GOOD, or at the very least, didn't often suck. But it too often has, and for no appreciable gain for me as a user besides gaining dumb Uplay points for useless things I don't care about. It can't compare with the complete trash that was GFWL, because hopefully nothing ever will, but me and my friends have had enough similar troubles with regards to Uplay straight-up not updating properly, performing inexplicably slowly, being unavailable for long periods of time, messing with saves due to half-assed cloud implementation, etc. to make us very unhappy & wary when we have to deal with the thing.
Have I occasionally had issues with Steam too? Yes, of course. But as @hassun alluded to up there, I've used Steam probably nearly every day for years, whereas I've only had to use Uplay when I occasionally play a game that requires it. Yet in that much, much smaller usage time, I've had what feels like at least the same amount of trouble, percentage of use wise, as I have had in my entire Steam lifetime use. My personal experience has unquestionably shown Uplay to be a much poorer service for me, statistically, than Steam, while providing no advantages that Steam doesn't provide as well if not better.
One last fun thing to consider: if you are someone who really doesn't like Steam (and I can respect that opinion, even if it doesn't really much sense to me), only buying stuff from other stores and then downloading it on Steam is arguably one of the best ways you have to stick it to Valve. You're literally only costing them money this way. Fight a power!