Today EA has confirmed that Battlefield won’t be available for purchase via Steam when it’s released later this year.
The problem seems to be the service’s restrictive terms of service which conflict with the objectives of EA’s digital rival, Origin.
“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.”
As ever Valve are remaining silent regarding this ongoing matter, but EA also expressed their wish to continue negotiations to get Battlefield on Steam.
“We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers.”
Gamers are growing increasingly unhappy with this situation as most want to purchase games from one service rather than several. EA are seen to be testing the water by boycotting the PC platform’s most popular digital vendor, and we have no doubt other publishers are watching this situation very carefully.
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