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Ah, yes, I see what you mean now. I’m aware of how that works, but many thanks for explaining. I’m not sure if that’s the case with Bandcamp or not. You’re right that it’s likely the case with Steam Keys, a permanent program.
The fact that the companies are voluntarily giving away revenue that they could’ve otherwise kept is good, though — even if they make up the loss due to people choosing to buy more stuff. Someone would be hard-pressed to argue that’s a bad thing (not that you’re said it was bad, of course). At the end of the day, artists and developers have the choice to save money, which is mainly what they’re asking from the likes of Apple.
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Oh interesting. I hadn’t looked at it that way. I’m possibly misunderstanding how they both work. Can you please explain?
Are you saying the Steam Keys are "short term sacrifices" because they’re either going away or are mostly promotional?
Also, do you mean the Bandcamp is giving away all of their revenue on Bandcamp Fridays for two years in hopes that people buy more music on other days?
Both programs are certainly voluntary, which was the crux of the question by user LavendarBlack that I was answering
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Two examples that immediately come to mind. Does this meet the criteria? Not sure how much it’s costing the companies:
- Valve gives out free Steam Keys. This allows developers to sell games through their own instead of in the Steam storefront, so Valve doesn’t take a commission (link)
- Bandcamp has had Bandcamp Fridays in 2020-2021, where the company doesn’t take a cut from the musician or rights-holders (link)
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This is spot on advice. I really loved the part about separating work and personal lives on laptops, as that’s something that’s easily overlooked, even if you’re aware of the privacy risks. Work / personal lives are already fuzzy, and this makes it even more so.
The same goes for having your work email / Slack on your phone. It’s convenient in case of an urgent request (e.g. if you’re on call), but it’s also easy to slip into the mode of checking it outside of emergencies.