EA: Steam's "restrictive terms of service" pulled Dragon Age 2
Posted: 28.07.2011 12:13 by Simon Priest Comments: 8
EA and Valve are at odds with each other right now as EA are adamant they provide content for their games, while Valve decree Steam should handle all that.

EA offer their titles to "all major download services" but Steam's adoption of "restrictive terms of service" has caused a rift. They "hope to work out an agreement".

The first instance of this 'bust up' between EA and Steam was over Crytek's Crysis 2 which at first was believed to have been pulled because EA wanted it suddenly exclusive for their own digital service platform Origin. That was not the case explained EA.

Publisher EA wishes to handle their own titles' catalogue of digital content and patches through their own systems, however Steam enforces a policy that all content for games must be handled through its platform. This is causing EA titles to 'disappear' from Steam.

"At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam," said EA's David DeMartini.

"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," he noted. "Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam." Dragon Age 2 disappeared from the Steam store when the latest Legacy DLC was released, which is purchased through EA.

"We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam," added DeMartini. Are you feeling the pinch as EA and Valve cross swords over DLC? Should Steam let developers peddle digital content outside of the service? Isn't it easier all in one place?

Source: Eurogamer


By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Jul 28, 2011
Valve should drop their act and let EA sell their DLC in whatever way they want.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jul 28, 2011
Steam is Valve's distribution platform, and if EA wants to profit from its large userbase they should play by their rules. But if Origin is well designed, they shouldn't need Steam in the first place.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Jul 28, 2011
It's EA's game, they should be able to sell DLC through it.
By Knave (SI Core) on Jul 28, 2011
It's a clever move by EA. No matter what they come out on top.
If they don't allow EA to sell DLC then they're seen as the victim + They get extra sales on their own Origin content provider

If they do allow the DLC sales then EA has scoreda huge victory on Valve's staggering lead on digital sales by allowing them to reap 100% of the DLC digital sales.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 28, 2011
It makes total sense why either side wants thing to be their way, but they need each other so they better make up.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Jul 28, 2011
EA doesn't "need" Steam. EA does just fine with Origin, other download stores and retail sales.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 28, 2011
Well Steam doesn't really need EA then either, they can do just fine without. But in reality a prolonged 'war' is gonna hurt both.
Maybe the word need is a bit strong, but it's definitely in their best interests to play along.
By neilmike (SI Core) on Jul 29, 2011
damn right 'Arrecoolast' steam should be more tolerant and flexible towards any publishers....or otherwise they gonna lose a hell of lot more game's come on STEAM use your head !!