Steam Shields Borderlands Games from Review Bombing

A tweet from Steam Database notes that Borderlands 2 is the first game to benefit from Valve's recently announced plan to prevent malicious review bombing of titles on Steam. Word is: "Borderlands 2 is the first game on Steam to make use of the 'off-topic reviews' marking. Over 4000 reviews are excluded from the rating calculation." Similarly, off-topic reviews for the original Borderlands are also being filtered from the main results. The bombings in question stems from the recent announcement that Borderlands 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first six months following the release of the shooter sequel. An interesting aside here is that although Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford placed responsibility for the store exclusivity on publisher 2K Games, he tweeted about bitterness over Valve's disinterest in addressing the review bombing before they ultimately did just that. Ironically (especially since he characterized his complaint as ironic), he said it makes him "kind of happy about 2k’s decision" and that this motivated him to "want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform."
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Jerykk wrote on Apr 7, 2019, 23:27:
I disagree. When Origin was first introduced, EA was definitely trying to position it as a competitor to Steam. That's why they pulled games from Steam (like Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2) and made everything exclusive to Origin. It's also why they sold third-party games in the first-place. However, once they realized that exclusives wouldn't be enough to overthrow Steam, they gave up and just used Origin as a way to sell their own games. Epic will come to the same realization once they learn that people only use EGS for the exclusives and nothing else.

Complete bullshit. The reason EA was KICKED FROM Steam was due to a violation of the Steam TOS. EA did not pull anything from Steam. They were forced out because of their business model.
EA wanted to sell DLC and establish GaaS sales from within their games at the time which bypassed the Steam store, i.e. greedy Gabe wouldn't have gotten his 30% cut of every EA DLC sale if the player clicked on a link in the EA game and would have been taken to an EA sales site.

Straight from EA...

"At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam," said EA senior VP of global e-commerce David DeMartini in an emailed statement. "Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam."

"We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam," he continued.

So far, that hasn't happened. Dragon Age II still isn't available through Steam.
Crysis 2 still isn't available on Steam, after being pulled over downloadable content issues.

The erratic process of pulling EA games from Steam started a few weeks back, when Crysis 2 disappeared. EA said the reason was a change on policy regarding downloadable content, as EA and Crytek had brokered a deal for another distributor to be the exclusive host of that content.

Thus, Crysis 2 came down.

"It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA," said the company at the time. "Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service--many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam."

They definitely never launched Origin as a serious competition attempt. Like uPlay it was more as a service for their own games and to run their business on their own terms.
Otherwise EA would have tried much harder to get more 3rd parties on Origin if they really would have wanted to compete. That was never the case.
They are also still selling quite a lot of games on Steam and on GOG so it's not like they ever went 100% Origin exclusive.

If it helps you sleep better at night by believing that Valve fought off a Steam killing attempt by EA then go ahead and believe in that legend though. I'm sure it's a nice li'l wet dream fantasy for the rabid Steam fanbois.
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