As they are not selling a retail version (afaik) there is no way for Cdkeys to get any keys. That makes Surge 2 one of the rare cases where the Steam version sale prices will be cheapest I think.
Jedi Fallen Order was available on Origin Access and it was still big success on Steam, Halo MCC is available on Xbox Game Pass and it still ended up huge success on Steam. It's like that people love to choose where to get their games.
You mean people like choosing Steam and weren't being forced into it due to a lack of competition?
Gears 5 is a full price game and has bad regional pricing in Europe. Halo is a $40 game, has no Euro regional pricing issues (it's €40) and you'll still have to wait for the full collection. And the Microsoft launcher is super awful. Steam is very attractive for this one.VG247's kneejerk reaction article to Gears 5's relatively low numbers on Steam sure has aged well. ;) Obviously Game Pass is always going to eat into full-price sales to some extent, but Gears 5 was plagued with server and progress issues for around two weeks, so it's no surprise it wasn't putting up big numbers at launch.
Mixed reaction to that review.
There's a lot of bots "playing" the game since you get free items just for idling (even though there's so many of them they're pratically worthless and it takes forever to get enough items to actually get something worth real money). Still there's still a large enough playerbase to find a match within seconds with the matchmaker despite Valve not bothering to put out updates anymore.
Gears 5 wasnt either
Only around 6k people are actually playing it. The rest are trade bots. Thats not an insult thats actually how why its so high lol