Exactly! People saying “I don’t care about developers, just give me good games I can get cheap” just have very dangerous blinders on. Solvent, successful developers keep making games which in turn = more games, which = more games for people to play and possibly like.
Myself, being a little dev, i’d love to be able to get in front of millions of people, even for a day or two, and have a real chance to sell my wares, rather than being almost instantly drowned in the ocean of games that is Steam right now. ‘Publisher-friendly’ sounds damned good to me.
The recent ‘exodus’ to other emerging portals doesn’t shock me a bit. I’ve spoken to at least 8 small/medium devs who are desperately looking to move away from Steam. Names you may recognize. They’re frustrated and feel completely forgotten by Steam, and I feel their pain, trust me.