Steam, EA and You: the online PC games marketplace

A war is brewing on the PC digital download battlefield. First, EA offered a Signature Edition version of Dragon Age 2 that was only available if you pre-ordered before a certain date—and not available at all on Steam, the pre-eminent digital download store. Now, various EA games have disappeared from Steam, including Crysis 2 and the pre-order for Battlefield 3.

Initially, everyone assumed EA pulled the games, especially since EA announced its Origin store at E3 (really just a rebrand of its current store) and because the EA download page for Crysis 2 originally said “Only on Origin,” a phrase that has since disappeared from the site. But EA shot back with a statement claiming Steam’s new business rules were responsible, not EA. They also released a statement applauding Steam for deciding to allow Alice: Madness Returns back on the service, despite evidence that Alice was never on Steam to begin with. One thing seems clear–with Crysis 2 off the service for an undetermined length of time, and with Battlefield 3 following the “everyone but Steam” model, it sounds like EA and Steam are preparing for battle.

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