Originally Posted by Viridian
^ Not possible for Valve to have been unhappy at having their nose pushed out, then?
I called it earlier and said Crytek will have entered into a publishing deal with Origin that violated the Terms and Conditions of Steam. These T&C won't be public, either, as they're for developers and publishers, not users, so there is little way of clarification without Valve giving it. But my best bet is that Crytek were going to either give Origin exclusivity on future DLC and/or charge less for it on Origin than Steam.
I can see how that'd violate the T&C of Steam as I imagine Valve either request impartiality between services or, as hinted at by the EA spokesman, changed their T&C to demand all DLC for Steam published games at least or exclusively come through Steam. I'm hoping it's the "at least" option but worst comes to worst Steam tried pulling an Apple and demanding dictatorship.
Valve has had plenty of games that have had DLC only through GFWL or through the publisher directly. Fallout 3 is one example, Mass Effect 2 is another. Not to mention that other games have had multi-DD launches, multi-DD exclusives and it didn't matter to VALVe either. How many games have been pulled from Steam for this reason?
So at this point you're just throwing poo on the wall b/c you seem to have no idea why the game was pulled but you'd like to blame Steam all the same.
Right now I'm viewing this as 55/45 EA's fault if only b/c the vast number of games that Valve has on Steam & the zero games that have been removed before this incident. Once we know more then we can lay blame but its pointless to draw complex conclusions from the little info we all have.