Sure... they are... and I understand that is their newest game but is that really what we should associate Valve with over all of their other work?the Portal 2 developer is now setting its sights on the mobile sector.
I've seen many cases of retail versions of the game selling cheaper than steam. Right now on Amazon as I type this is selling the game for $30 with free shipping while Steam is selling it for $50. Though I think people made a logic error when such services first started and continue to do so today. People think that a digital download will cost less as it costs less to bring the product to the consumer. But instead the opposite is true when it comes to costs to the consumer while the retail version is more costly it takes up physical space and therefor must eventually be sold prices will be slashed as much as possible to ensure that the product gets sold. While a digital download doesn't have this pressure so in the end will often cost more than a retail version.I have personally never seen Steam sell a game higher than the retail price in stores. Take Portal 2 for example, the retail price in Canada is 54.99 + tax. Steam only charges 49.99 and no tax. Of course I don't know where you live so I guess it might not hold for all countries.
Only reason that I can think of is because they like to get games without paying for them.And Steam's DRM is bad why? Please give me one sensible and practical reason as to why Steam's DRM has caused you any sort of inconvenience.