A new rumor claims that Microsoft is prepared to pay Steam users for their games, a move that could help Microsoft become a major player in the P2P economy.
According to the report, Microsoft will begin paying users a monthly fee for games they download via Steam, in addition to a percentage of revenue generated by sales.
This will likely include games like The Witcher 3, Battlefield 4, or Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
The new fee is estimated to be somewhere between $10 and $15 per month.
The price of Steam accounts for less than 1 percent of Steam’s revenue, according to estimates by research firm eMarketer.
However, the company is expected to spend millions on advertising and marketing, according a report from Eurogamer.
The move is not new to Microsoft, either.
In 2016, the tech giant paid $10 per month for all games it purchased via Steam in order to keep customers coming back.
A year later, Microsoft paid $60 per month to make money off all games purchased through Steam in a bid to get Steam’s ecosystem up to snuff.
The next year, Microsoft started paying users for games on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
These fees are expected to increase again.
Microsoft has also spent a lot of time and money to develop its own gaming console, the Xbox One X. The Xbox One has not been particularly popular in the U.S. due to the fact that it lacks a controller and lacks the Kinect sensor that makes voice controls possible.
The X has also struggled to make inroads with casual gamers.
The report also mentions that Microsoft will make more announcements regarding its P2PA model over the next year.
Stay tuned for more news on Microsoft’s plans for Steam, as it becomes clear that Steam has been a thorn in the side of the gaming industry.