I will have to agree with other posters on this thread that there seems to be a large amount of fanboism towards Steam. When EA appeared to be at fault everyone jumped down their throats...now that it is steam everyone and their dog coming out of the wood work to defend.
It makes no logical sense how it can be EAs fault when EVERY singles other online distributor sells Crysis 2 with no problems other than Steam. You can find pre-orders for BF3 everywhere other than Steam!?
Steam may be puffed up on themselves that they are number 1 online distributor but they forget one major thing. EA and Activision are the 2 major forces in video gaming industry. Activision ****s out Valve entire profit on TF2, Portal 1-2, and Half-Life 2 with the release of a COD game or 6months worth of WoW subs. I have a strong belief that Activison will soon follow the blizzard store model and stop selling there games on Steam. If Steam alienates Ea then what do they have left.
O wait i will have steam to buy indie games...and ubisoft i guess...WAIT those Valve exclusives!!!! rofl...rofl...
Lets be honest. Steam needs EA AND Activision more than they need Steam. Both companies produce game strong enough to get customer to come over and use there respective distribution channels.
Secondly, it makes sense as to why Alice is for sale on Steam and Crysis 2/BF3 aren't. Alice will not sell anywhere near as well, hence why they kept it on Steam, as Steam has somewhat of a history of indie games that did well through it rather than the usual retail shops (and this game is best described as somewhat of an indie game). Valve/Steam probably take a slightly bigger percentage of profits from selling games through its service than other distributors (most likely for the userbase), which is why EA want to make the push on their 'Origin' by (probably) undercutting their own competing distributors with their own games, and it makes perfect sense. Selling through their service gives them the highest markup on game sales, as they don't have to give away profits through using distributors. As for why older Crysis/NFS games are for sale on Steam, they've already had their moment and will have slow and steady sales through Steam when they will have their weekend/holiday sales. Although everyone here seems to be crying about BF3/Crysis 2 not being on Steam as being somewhat of a deal breaker (when let's face it, it's nothing, just a minor inconvenience) I really don't care, as neither of them were going to use Steamworks anyway (at which point the only thing Steam has is its Overlay) and if it means being able to buy the game for much cheaper than off Steam, even the most rabid Valve fans will dump their ridiculous boycott and buy them from EA's distribution service anyway.
And if it really was some new strict Steam regulations/rules that were conflicting with other distributors, a lot more games would've been disappearing off Steam than just a few of EAs (who still decided to use Steam for Alice, which they wouldn't have if it conflicted with other distributors). Calling this article/EA's excuse a load of crap is putting it mildly.
EDIT: If anyone else wants more proof that this has nothing to do with Steam and everything to do with EA, go check the Direct2Drive website. They're using the fact that it's "NOT ON STEAM" as a selling point, something that only EA can give the go-ahead to. This is on their front page.
Here is another one.
Derpy derp derp.
I bet they're planning on removing Alice as well, in a month or so it won't be on Steam.
Edited by Am* - 6/19/11 at 7:45am