EA "Hopes to Work out an Agreement" With Steam Over Disappearing Games

Crysis 2 has disappeared from Steam. Ditto for Dragon Age II. There's a war being waged between EA and Steam over online PC gaming, regardless of EA's stated hopes.

Issuing a statement in response to Dragon Age II's removal from Steam, EA says "At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam."

"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."

Do you? Do you really? Because at this point both parties are looking bad, and the way it's fucking PC gamers over with regards to some of the year's biggest games (you can't pre-order Battlefield 3 on Steam, for example, even though that's where most people would rather play it) isn't creating much good will for anyone

Steam, we get it, you like to control everything on your service, even if that means telling developers how to package their own DLC. EA, we get it, you like to control everything on a platform, something you've been doing for a long, long time.

Just...sort it out, OK? And sort it out like adults. And adults don't go yanking games off a service like a kid storming home with his ball.

EA "Hopes to Work out an Agreement" With Steam Over Disappearing Games

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