The Battlefield Shall Be Digital, But Not On Steam

The Battlefield Shall Be Digital, But Not On Steam

If you haven’t heard already, EA and Valve, the people behind download distribution super-giant Steam, are recently having a bit of a spat – a spat that threatens to turn out into an all out war. Well the pre-battle has taken another turn today as EA has confirmed that Battlefield 3 will not appear on Steam, citing that the service “restricts our ability to directly support players.”

EA is recently actively pushing for their own download service, EA Origin, to become a direct rival to Steam. They’ve recently taken some of their titles such as Star Wars the Old Republic and are offering them exclusively only through Origin, shunning other download platforms such as Steam.

The decision to not retail Battlefield 3 through Steam seems to come through a dispute over Valve’s terms and conditions for developers when they upload games to Steam – EA seems to believe that they’re far too restrictive, and as such has decided to take Battlefield 3 away from Steam.

In a post on the EA forums discovered by Eurogamer, an EA spokesperson had the following to say:

“We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.

“No other download service has adopted these practices.”

So there you have it – EA isn’t happy that Steam forces you into retaling your patches and DLC exclusively through the Steam client, which isn’t surprising given that they’re trying to actively push Origin as a rival. Things are rapidly hotting up in this war of digital distribution – it’s only a matter of time before it all explodes into the first all-out game war of the 21st century.

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