For the second question, I'm not sure if the earlier posted Non-Steam ToS aren't refering to the matchmaker and online part of the game as "Service". The game would likely be called "Product". As for the first I think I can answer: Steam is a bigger security risk than a launcher because it has a constant connection to a central host, which can order it to update itself/change files on the client machine pretty much at will. The RF2 launcher is a momentary activation software, writes a license file to the computer and then doesn't talk with some central host all the time. Wiggins, you simply can't deny the fact that there's a world of difference in user perception between having an annoying client always running in the background (a client which caused me personally lots of trouble) and having a one-time activation based on an email and purchase code. One is the big nanny checking everytime you want to play what you paid for, the other leaves you alone even if you reinstall everything on the same hardware (just backup the license file first). To force-swap one for the other is simple bad communication/planning. Steam is like Apple to me. For 80% of the users who want to customize their games 20%, it works perfectly. If you step outside those 20% expected customization however you're up against some very steep walls, because suddenly things that should be easy to do with digital files on your own hardware become incredible convoluted. For sure for the 80% of people who don't know how to properly backup their data, reinstall/repair their games etc. it is very helpful. For the 20% who want to go further it is the devil. Irony being that pirated games which where originally on Steam are just as easy to manage, or even easier, than the RF2 Launcher. Single setup.exe, single data archive, installs directly to a folder of your choice, no client needs to be running, no undead auto-updating that keeps coming back, none of the surveilance that Steam does to it's users. I'll openly admit here that I bought Assetto Corsa for full price... but I run it off the files from some nice russian guy who untied it from Steam, and I'm very happy with that experience. It may be against the ToS (which in turn may anyway be against EU Customer Law) but for sure I don't feel morally wrong for taking back control over what happens on my game installations.