Originally Posted by SoulThief
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.
I never said I'm entitled to detailed clarification. I do, however, have a right as a consumer to make my purchasing decisions based on questions and doubts raised on incidents such as this. In terms of BF3, I'm not even a licensee yet. What I am is a potential customer and it is their job to convince me and many other potential customers if they want the money bad enough, though some people believe that acting on that right constitutes being "terribly lethargic".
It's a widely known fact that it was Steam who ultimately removed those EA games, but no details have been disclosed about what has changed that caused the disagreement in policies. As a digital distributor, it is of course preferably by Valve that Steam distributes as much games as possible, but since now EA cannot comply with Steam's policy like they used to with many games and DLCs, they can no longer use Steam as a distributing platform. There's no reason for a supermarket to speak up if they dropped a product due to the manufacturer imposing changes that goes against the supermarket's original policy. All other publishers who use Steam to distribute their titles will just keep adding their own DRM here and there and continue to update their games. If there's something Steam is doing that is limiting EA's ability to update their games and DLCs, then I would think that EA's ability is limited in the first place, but since they were able to comply with Steam's "restrictive" policy with their older titles, I would more likely to suspect that they are practicing anti-competitive business tactics.
Ultimately, it would be EA's loss if some consumers act on their right and choose not to buy the product on the PC. Since I do still want to play the game and I have a choice here to vote with my money, I'd rather show my displease by buying an used console copy.