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Monday, 11 July 2011 08:40

Steam not to get Battlefield 3?

Written by David Stellmack


Rumors say EA to push Origin service instead
Rumors are coming from a number of sources to us that apparently Steam will not be offering Battlefield 3. We find this quite hard to believe, as Steam has over 30 million unique users, and why would Electronic Arts and DICE want to risk losing sales by not offering the title on Steam? Whispers suggest that it is a rub between Steam and EA.

Our sources think that it actually might be a major play for EA to push its own digital download service which was recently introduced. Known as Origins, this new service does not apparently want to compete with Steam, but instead establish a new full service hub to support EA titles and EA players. Some smaller digital distribution players are expected to be offering Battlefield 3 as well as including Direc2Drive and GamersGate, if rumors are accurate.

It is hard to say if this is actually going to come to pass or if it is nothing more than a hard ball type tactic that EA is using to deal with Steam. Before it is all said and done, we think Steam will offer Battlefield 3 in the end, but not before some additional posturing takes place on both sides. There is a lot of money to be made and it is hard to think that EA would want to take a chance on losing sales because they are not offering Battlefield 3 on Steam.

David Stellmack

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+29 #1 Dribble 2011-07-11 09:18
I don't want lots of different online services with different installers and accounts and all the rest of it. I want it all to be on one, and all my friends to be using it too.
That service is steam, it can never be some dodgy EA only thing.
 
 
+5 #2 fingerbob69 2011-07-11 11:14
Not really that surprising.

Steam couldn't sell me a 'Vietnam key because my base version was a retail boxed version. Which was a shame because they had it on sale at £3.40/66% discount. EA/Origin are yet to offer such a deal.

It seems EA wish try and keep up the price of their games as long as possible. No crime in that except we're talking about & month old DLC for a game just 3 months away from being relegated to a 'has-been'.

Not good.
 
 
+9 #3 Warhead 2011-07-11 13:09
For me there's just two options:

Steam or Retail.

As user Dribble already mentioned, I dont want to have multiple accounts in multiple websites.
 
 
+7 #4 CrAcKeRjAcK 2011-07-11 13:29
Quoting Warhead:
For me there's just two options:

Steam or Retail.

As user Dribble already mentioned, I dont want to have multiple accounts in multiple websites.


Couldn't agree more
 
 
+4 #5 godrilla 2011-07-11 13:43
More money for EA. unfair competition, can this lead to a monopoly some day?
I bought my copy from direct2drive, and its still available for now.
 
 
+5 #6 Alterecho 2011-07-11 14:12
EA is too late. Most of the gamers wallets are empty by now because of the sales. So its either retail boxed copy or no sale of their Battlefield 3. Most won't buy exclusively on Origin.
 
 
+5 #7 bardenck 2011-07-11 14:13
Quoting Dribble:
I don't want lots of different online services with different installers and accounts and all the rest of it. I want it all to be on one, and all my friends to be using it too.
That service is steam, it can never be some dodgy EA only thing.



agreed, one service one login and password to remember, etc. and not to mention with steam being able to download to any computer bla bla etc etc. even without having the disc my purchase is with steam
 

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