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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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119. Re: No Battlefield 3 on Steam Aug 7, 2011, 02:51 noman
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 7, 2011, 00:30:
It's really hard to believe some are supporting ea,

I support the developments where I end up having more choices. Steam's forcing of its storefront with each game sold, changing the format of the game files, and forcing a third party launcher are things that make it one of the most annoying forms of DRM.

I like digital download stores like Impulse, Amazon and Origin a lot more than Steam, because they sell the games in their original form, which can be installed, patched and run without any launcher or utility. I am basically just buying the entire contents of the retail DVD-ROM. That's a great model.

And even if I had no bias in this debate, it'd still be hard to pick Valve's side in this debate, when it's Valve whose own games are only sold through Steam, unlike EA which is making games available on all the digital retail channels where they are allowed.


 
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