Not too long ago EA decided to stop distributing titles on Steam, and have removed some titles all together as well. If you were hoping to play Battlefield 3 on Steam your chances are slim to none (mostly none), and Crysis 2 has been removed completely.
So why is EA holding the awesomeness, that is Battlefield 3 out of Steam’s reach? To promote its own proprietary digital distribution channel, Origin of course. That’s not the only reason though. Some of the reasons for these actions are based heavily on lack of control when it comes to selling add-ons via Steam. Valve boss Newell wants EA back and rightfully so because EA puts out some great games. Here’s what Newell had to say about trying to win EA back:
“I don’t think Valve can pick just one thing and think the issue would go away if we fixed that… We have to show EA it’s a smart decision to have EA games on Steam, and we’re going to try to show them that.”
Because EA has effectively cut out the middle man for now, I think it’s going to take a lot of effort to pull them back to Steam. This is like a code red, Steam is sleeping on the couch tonight, better get EA flowers and put on some Barry White type of situation. We’re talking about missing out on some big titles here. Things are not all bad for the guys at Valve though, since Steam is now integrating into the PlayStation Network.
So what do you guys think? Do you want EA to come back to Steam? Leave us a comment and let us know.