Valve (Gabe) is completely right here. EA has no obligation, moral or business, to use the Steam platform. It is completely within their right as well as smart business to launch their own distribution client and storefront if they so choose. They certainly have the quantity (if not necessarily quality) of games to pull it off. That being said, I still think it is a pretty lousy move that they insist on tying certain games exclusively to Origin, regardless of point of purchase. While I could care less if they release their games on Steam, I would like to see the experiment regarding forcing Origin on users for certain games fails hard enough that they feel the financial pain and start offering said games and future games with Origin as an OPTION.
Originally Posted by chfields
The problem is, they won't make more money. No successful business leaves sales on the table, period. Steam is too big and too popular for them to ignore. If EA is smart, they will take advantage of steam while at the same time, continue working on Origin to make it stable and compatible with the games they use. I won't use origin because it isn't stable enough yet (had to uninstall it to get Crysis 2 to work). It's not good business to ignore 2+ million customers, but hey they are a big company a couple million customers is nothing to them!???
I certainly hope they decide to not make origin a requirement, because, I would really like to get and play this game, and not have to install an unstable program to use it....
I agree that Origin definitely should not have been an actual requirement. What would actually be smart would be is to offer it with Origins as an option and after a week from release, offer it on Steam. Either way though, I am curious on how all this will turn out and wait and see if others will follow suit the same way.Edited by OC'ing Noob - 8/19/11 at 8:38am