EA hopes to resolve issues with Steam

James Batchelor
EA hopes to resolve issues with Steam

Electronic Arts has said it wants to "work out an agreement" with Valve that will see its games return to the Steam download service.

Sources have previously told MCV that the ongoing disagreement between EA and Steam derives from the publisher's decision to sell DLC for its games exclusively through its own download service, Origin.

This has now been confirmed by an official statement that suggests the publisher is working on a resolution with Valve, according to Kotaku.

"At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services, including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam," the statement reads.

"Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam.

"We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam."

So far, Crysis 2 and Dragon Age II have been removed from Steam and Valve has declared the service will not be selling Battlefield 3 when it released later this year.


Tags: Electronic Arts , ea , steam , dlc , valve , crysis 2 , battlefield 3 , origin

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DLC should be sold everywhere, including retail (gift cards) - I back Steam/Valve on this one.

Anthony Hunt

Anthony Hunt INDUSTRY
Aug 1st 2011 at 10:20AM

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To add to my previous comment, I think there is a large market for small gifts (the aunt/uncle, grandparents) from people who can't or won't spend the £35 to £40 on a game title, but would buy DLC as gifts because they could buy it in a shop and don't shop online.
Yes, they could just give cash or voucher equivalents, but if DLC gift cards were marketed well, they could buy "some maps" or "a weapons package" or something else that seems more defined and tangible to the purchaser.

Anthony Hunt

Anthony Hunt INDUSTRY
Aug 1st 2011 at 10:25AM

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