Way to go Schema and B-Bear!! Gotta say.. This game is fantastic as is and beyond that it has limitless potential. Pure brilliance and a game like this is a dream come true for alot of people. All of your hard work is appreciated and with the countless updates you put in constantly it\'s easy to see how much you guys love your game. Thank you and congrats, you deserve it!
There\'s many games that are distributed through Steam as well as through the developer\'s own website. One example is Spiral Knights. You can use Steam to login to Spiral Knights, but you don\'t have to.
If we purchase StarMade now from the dev site for $6, will we recieve a steam activation key later on when the game is released or will have to re-purchase within the steam store? since some of us also prefer having ALL of our games running though steam.
Squad\'s game Kerbal Space Program has the options for buying it from Steam or from the develop site directly. Buying from either doesn\'t require acquisition or play from the other; in fact, in their case you don\'t even need Steam running to play the game once you have it.
Since Starmade is already being purchased from this site, it\'s quite possible that when Steam hosts the game that people will still be able to get the key more-or-less the way you already have, while those who have Steam can choose to get it through that.
As SnakeMittens pointed out, KSP is not the only one doing this. Many games are going the Steam-Or-No-Steam options to give convenience of choice.