I remember back when Steam first launched with Counter-Strike 1.6, everyone was angry. People weren’t used to launching their games through a third party launcher like Steam, but as time passed, people grew to like it and the benefits it offered. Steam now has hundreds of different games that people could buy and launch right away. It’s mostly a platform for buy to play games though, not MMOs. But ijji launched their own program called “ijji Reactor” which is basically a “steam for MMOs”. Instead of having to manually download and install every game on the ijji portal, players can simply download and install the ijji reactor.
As a gamer, I actually love the service. As of this writing, I can install and launch any one of ijji’s games from Soul of the Ultimate Nation to Alliance of Valiant Arms. The beauty of the service is that you can actually launch several non-ijji MMORPGs like Atlantica Online, Rohan Online, Neo Steam and Warrior Epic as well. These are games that ijji does not actually own the license to, but “channels” through their portal and reactor. At any time I can easily uninstall a game I don’t want either.
I’d love to see ijji sign deals with companies Like Nexon and Aeria Games to get their MMOs on the Reactor service, because as a gamer, having the ability to manage ALL of my games with ONE login and ONE launcher is very convenient. As is, the service is awesome, but more games on it would be better. I think it’s a win-win for everyone involved, because there are a lot of less popular MMORPGs that would benefit by being on the Reactor launcher, as more people would actually see the game. I know Neo Steam from Atlus Online recently partnered with ijji, and it has done their game wonders, as more people actually know about Neo Steam now than ever before. Less known MMOs would get more exposure, and ijji would get a cut of the revenues from each game.
Ideally in the future, I’d like to see something like the ijji Reactor, but for every single MMORPG. One login for all of these games would be amazing, as keeping track of a hundred usernames and passwords can be difficult, especially with some being email addresses (League of Legends), other being usernames, and such. What do you guys think? How much would a single login free to play MMO-Steam like service rock? MMO developers would love this idea as well, because they can focus on making their games better rather than worrying about who will publish their games.