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More on BF3 and Steam

A note on Develop has further indications that Battlefield 3 will not be released through Steam, as speculation mounts that DICE's military shooter sequel will not appear on Valve's download service. They quote a comment from a report from financial research firm Baird based on a meeting with GameStop: "The upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam," Baird says GameStop executives told them. "Given Steam's dominance and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative." Thanks Computer and Video Games.

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286. Re: More on BF3 and Steam Jul 20, 2011, 22:43 Slashman
Dades wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 21:19:
Origin is an inferior product to Steam and probably Impulse. It is barebones and provides almost no reason to use it. The best thing one can say about it is that you aren't required to use it which is pretty fucking funny. EA can provide a much better client but I'm sure they will half ass this like so many other things over the years. They flail around through trends like a headless chicken, it would be funny if they didn't have such an impact on everyone else.

There are countless features EA could offer with Origin but they aren't interested in innovation, just the bare minimum to reach parity. That's why Origin will never succeed and EA will continue to be a follower instead of a market leader.

This is what I'm keeping my eye on. Instead of quibbling with Valve over DLC restrictions, I'd rather see EA make a determined effort to beat Valve on quality of service.

If they could, in fact, deliver a better(or comparable) platform and build on it quicker than Valve's admittedly leisurely approach in several areas, then I'd feel a lot better about the whole thing.

Consumers don't benefit when there isn't competition on even footing between potential providers. Is Origin even selling other games apart from what is under the EA portfolio?
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