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Valve games sold on Origin
Posted: 03.09.2011 18:36 by Comments: 11
Some might fight it very odd that various Valve games are appearing on Electronic Arts' Origin service. Since Electronic Arts has pulled games like Dragon Age II from Steam because of conflicting policies on downloadable content, why in the world would Valve games appear on Origin?

Well, it's not as strange as you might think. The only Valve games being sold on Origin are titles Electronic Arts published in retail, such as Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike: Source. Also, all of those titles require the gamer to install Steam, so Valve would understandably be quite okay with the games being sold on Origin.
Source: Joystiq

Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 03, 2011
SirRoderick
So they're selling their titles on a competitor's platform, but still forcing the customer to use Steam?

Yeah, I'd do it too.
By neilmike (SI Core) on Sep 04, 2011
neilmike
if this is the case then why the hell won't EA be more practical and release battlefield 3 on steam as well..

come on EA/steam be fair.....
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Sep 05, 2011
unsilviu
Valve are really sly about this. They are actually profiting from all the buzz surrounding the Origin release and the shock value of hearing their games are on Origin to advertise their products AND promote their platform using the competitor's.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 05, 2011
SirRoderick
Indeed.

Valve must have a chamber of understanding, like professor Farnsworth.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 05, 2011
herodotus
Loads of cash all around, and all's fair in hate and money.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2011
JonahFalcon
" why the hell won't EA be more practical and release battlefield 3 on steam as well.."

Because Valve forces publishers to have players buy DLC through Steam, where they can take a cut of it. EA wants to sell the DLC through the game itself.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2011
FoolWolf
we'll see how the EA vs STEAM plays out. If STEAM's dominance is weakened - many more may follow and start up their own little spy central - er I mean game central and demanding more always online, activations, and hourly reports of your bowel moments and full DNA chart....
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2011
SirRoderick
Indeed, things really are getting a bit silly these days.

Just look at cashpoint machines, for instance. Queues of people standing around waiting to have their fingerprints read, their retinas scanned, bits of skin scraped from the nape of the neck and undergoing instant(or nearly instant - a good six or seven seconds in tedious reality) genetic analysis, then having to answer trick questions about members of their family they didn't even remember they had, and about their recorded preferences for tablecloth colours.

And that was just to get a bit of spare cash for the weekend. If you were trying to raise a loan for a jetcar, sign a missile treaty
or pay an entire restaurant bill things could get really trying.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 06, 2011
herodotus
Both Steam and Origin stores are off the list for Aussies with their regionalisation policies anyway. $90 for "BF 3" and the same for "CoD" on the respective digital stores...gimme a break. The retail disc version LE here is $88, with retail pricing set to drop by 40% early 2012.
I don't care which client I am running as long as they fix this damned pricing policy for Region 4. Damnitt.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Sep 07, 2011
unsilviu
Wow, that's some harsh pricing. But are these prices in Aussie dollars or US?