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No Battlefield 3 on Steam

The EA Forums have a confirmation of widespread suspicions that Battlefield 3 will not be sold through Valve's Steam platform (thanks Planet Battlefield). As was theorized, there is a terms of service conflict at the root of this because DICE's military shooter will include the ability to purchase DLC from within the game:

Gamers can pre-order Battlefield 3 at Origin.com as well as over 100 digital retailers worldwide. EA offers games to all major download services. Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices.

We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers. We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers listed at http://www.battlefield.com/digitaldownload, or go to http://www.origin.com.

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27. Re: No Battlefield 3 on Steam Aug 6, 2011, 14:42 PropheT
 
Dirwulf wrote on Aug 6, 2011, 12:58:
It absolutely is Steam. They don't get a cut if DLC is sold IN GAME, so they don't allow it.

Explain Mass Effect 2. The DLC isn't available on Steam, or anywhere else besides through EA's stores, and you can buy it in game. The game itself is available on Steam.

And frankly, if I could buy the DLC on Steam rather than through EA's Bioware bucks pain in the ass system I'd rather do that. If that's the scenario Valve is trying to stop, well, then more power to them. EA's DLC system sucks, and if they were offering something better then maybe I'd be behind them a bit on this...but as it is the only people they're screwing are their customers. Again.

 
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