A while ago, a post on NeoGAF started the rumor that Bethesda was looking to start its own Bethesda game client, which would cater exclusively to Bethesda games and be able to take other Bethesda games off of Steam. However, Pete Hines, Bethesda’s vice president, has said that Bethesda doesn’t really plan to attack Steam at all.
Other large game companies, such as EA and Ubisoft, have already made their own game clients like Origin and UPlay to compete with Steam and be able to keep all of the profits from their games, which were taken off of Steam.
Hines has said that it would be especially stupid to attack Steam if a Bethesda game client is actually being made, because it’s used by millions of gamers and Fallout 4 is one of the games on it. The Bethesda launcher is also only to help Bethesda publicize their games, not to supplant Steam for the company’s game sales.
In addition to selling Fallout 4 on Steam, Bethesda also relies on it for multiplayer matchmaking on the PC version of Doom. If anything, the Bethesda game client is simply another way for non-Steam users (if there are any) to buy games directly from Bethesda.
However, Hines has said that he is hoping that PC’s dominance over the mod market will come to an end soon. With the Fallout 4 console mod services becoming available for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, it’s likely that Bethesda will include the same service sometime after the Skyrim Special Edition (a remastered release of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim) releases October 28.
The Bethesda game client would help with the distribution of these mods to the PC versions of various Bethesda games, and would also help with Elder Scrolls: Legends and Fallout Shelter. But until Bethesda has more concrete news about the client, no one needs to start a riot.