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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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156. Re: No Battlefield 3 on Steam Aug 8, 2011, 14:36 StingingVelvet
 
Verno wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 09:20:
Well, people think you're a Valve hater because you turn every DRM topic into "HOW CUM U GUYS DONT HATE STEAM TOO?!!!". You've become a predictable forum trope at this point, people literally say "here he comes to post this" and you do exactly that without fail. You say you aren't hypocritical yet you don't seem to have a problem with a lot of this stuff so long as people properly chastise Valve. Or you claim you do have a problem with it yet never seem to post about it while dedicating post after post about Steam. You're amusingly passive aggressive and almost a bit obsessive about the subject.

Well I only post about what I am interested in and passionate about, and yes I am passionate about Steam having too much power. I am pretty sure I have been clear and upfront about that. Pardon me for having a strong opinion and concern (and you say this on the day an indie portal closes because it cannot compete with Steam).

I see great games like Gemini Rue and Democracy 2 that cannot get on Steam due to Valve's arbitrary rules and I worry about a future where Valve decides what is successful, like Microsoft does on the Xbox. That screams closed system and platform overseer to me. I hate the idea of it, and frankly we might already be there for smaller games. Only big guns like EA and Blizzard really have the power to tell Steam to fuck off, so pardon me for smiling a bit when they do so.

That doesn't mean I hate Steam or Valve. Valve make great games I love to play and Steam is perfect for multiplayer games and a great option for many people with certain priorities. I just don't want it to be the end-all-be-all of PC gaming, which despite your flippant dismissal is a real concern. Very few see the dictator before he has gained power.
 
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