Originally Posted by NuclearCrap
And for many years, EA complied with those terms. As I said, they suddenly declared these problems when they launched Origin where they didn't for Bad Company 2 with DLCs and updates. Other publishers who use Steam to distribute their titles never even expressed a slight concern about this.
When they keep saying that Steam is the problem without disclosing details such as what exactly Steam does or doesn't allow, how they used to update games through Steam, and who is doing what differently now that both parties are in sudden disagreement, I have my doubts as a consumer. Seeing as no other publisher has complained since, the suspicion of course goes to EA when all they do is keep saying that Steam is limiting their abilities without giving exact details.
My question is, however, why you think you even have the slightest entitlement to receive any kind of detailed clarification about why, any of the two distributors have decided not to work with each other anymore.
You're at best a licensor of their software, not a shareholder.
Has it, perhaps, occured to you, that it was Steam that started complaining after EA decided to release Origin, and not the other way around.
Much of what you write can be said about Valve, too. Which has until now, been virtually silent about the ongoing matter.
As one can read here, it was also Valve's decision to remove Crysis 2:
Here, Valve has also remained unusually silent, offering no ressitance or even an attempt to clarify that it was EA's choice, therefore I conclude, this message as correct and it's Valve being a dick about Origin.
The "unnamed" distribution service, might be Origin, but it means that Steam won't allow EA to release their games, and maybe other games, if they want to release their games through Steam.
Why is Crysis 2 offered on D2D and Impulse? Simply because their ToS is not as restrictive as Valve's is.