I came across a story that outlined Valves future view of Steam. I originaly wanted to quote the main part of the story but it made my posts blank so I think I’ll just have to say: Read the last half of this story. Basicaly Steam is going to pull a Windows Live like substance out of their hat.
So I, only going on what I’ve heard about Live, assume these things are pretty much the same thing except coming from different companies. If so I’d have to say I think Steam will “win” despite some peoples negative outlook on it.
I think a good portion of people who concider themselves a PC gamer have bought a Steam backed game, so it’s already out there as far as brand association goes whereas Windows Live has to try and break into the PC zone.
Since I assume either Live or Steam will only work with Live and Steam enabled games I may just end up sticking with my Xfire/Ventrillo combination.