Originally Posted by Browncoat
It is in EAs best interest to keep it available on Steam.
There are countless people who have said they are not buying it due to lack of Steam option - even if half of them go through with it, it's still quite a large number of players.
If it was available on both Steam and Origin it would force both Steam and Origin to improve upon their service, locking it out of Steam was a silly idea and EA is just trying to make people use Origin by forcing users into it.
I think people are more weary about Origin that Steam because Valve, as a company, has always been good to PC gamers whereas EA will try and ram them for all they have which has left many with a bitter taste in their mouths.
EA will definitely benefit if they launch it on Steam - even with a cut going to Valve, the price of a physical copy in a shop will always be lwoer than on Steam - people are also happy to spend that extra money on Steam just for peace of mind and ease of use.
And with that, the Steam userbase became equivalent to the Apple userbase.
And no, it is in EAs best interests to make sure that the at least
five million people that buy BF3, will also become a user base for a new avenue they are looking towards to sell their games.
Remember, kind of like how a certain other publisher made a decision that every one of their games must be run via their client?
They made sure their most popular games required Steam, built up a userbase through those popular games bringing in Steam users, and then were able to flaunt that userbase as a way to say entice publishers to sell their games through Steam while giving Valve a cut.
And as for "countless" people saying they wont buy BF3 due to no steam.......not even one hundred users from OCN will stick with that.
I'm not even sure one hundred OCN members even care
The BF3 sales are looking to be sky high compared to previous numbers.
Millions and millions and millions and millions will buy buying BF3 and all those millions will be exposed to EAs new business venture.
In all honesty, I dont even think a million users will refrain from BF3 simply because of no steam.
Even if that number DID reach a million, making BF3 non dependant on Origin to run, could easily LOSE them millions more potential exposÃ©s to their new client.
-5M are set to buy the game. 1M will not due to no steam. Even if that 1M do not buy the game, that's a GUARANTEED 5M users for their new business direction (Origin) that will help it get off the ground due to the mass exposure. Much of that guaranteed 5M WILL generate more revenue in the future. Remember. Origin is a long term vision. Its not just for BF3.
So what could happen if the game is available on Steam?:
-5M are set to buy the game, that extra 1M will now buy due to steam. However, 2M out of that 5M who may already have a steam account, see the game advertised in one of steams popups and buys from there instead.
That means that EAs GUARANTEED userbase numbers for Origin, which is a long term investment, will be potentially much lower. This means they'll have to work harder to create the same user base they could have secured by making the game require Origin.
Then there's the fact that they will both supporting their rival in steam, both financially AND in terms of usage numbers.
I dont see how it could be profitable for a company with a new product to SUPPORT its rival that is already the biggest dog in the kennel by allowing it to earn from something you could do easily by yourself while SECURING a LARGE userbase in the process.
I'm quite sure that the big wigs in EA towers know exactly what they are doing.Edited by GrizzleBoy - 8/18/11 at 5:31am