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Valve Wants EA's Games Back on Steam

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Gabe Newell is trying to get EA to see that Steam is a good thing.

Gabe Newell and the gang over at Valve Software want Electronic Arts to return to Steam. This shouldn't be a surprise given that EA holds the rights to a good number of money-making IPs including Battlefield, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, The Sims and Crysis.

In recent months, digital EA titles began disappearing from Steam. There has been speculation that EA wanted to sell DLC directly to gamers which isn't allowed on Valve's platform. Typically DLC is hosted on Steam and Valve receives a revenue cut.

But by EA removing its PC games, DLC, and shifting over to its own competing distribution platform, Origin, Valve will miss out on a whole lot of money. And while a good number of EA games still reside on Valve's Steam distribution platform, hot upcoming digital releases including Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic will be Origin exclusives. Naturally, Gabe Newell wants to do what he can to keep EA's business and steady cash flow.

During an interview with Develop, Newell admitted that Valve's relationship with EA, although complicated, is reconcilable.

"I don’t think Valve can pick just one thing and think the issue would go away if we fixed that," he said in an upcoming issue. "We have to show EA it’s a smart decision to have EA games on Steam, and we’re going to try to show them that."

When asked if customers should expect more games to be removed from Steam, Newell said that companies have to earn the right to install content on their customers' PCs on a regular basis.

"The same thing is true of Steam," he said. "We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it’s to EA or Ubisoft or whoever. We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do."

But if EA is intent on publishing DLC for its PC games outside Steam, then there's a good chance we'll see even fewer new releases on Valve's platform in the coming months. Still, Newell seems optimistic.

"I think at the end of the day we’re going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam," he said. "It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games."

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    giovanni86 , August 18, 2011 7:36 PM
    Steam overall is well known in the PC community. Love it or hate it, its the best out there. I feel as if steam should have every known PC game ever made on there. Well that's what i want in the future, every PC game ever released on it. I can dream right =D
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    Markon101 , August 18, 2011 7:44 PM
    I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.
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    irish_adam , August 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    Markon101I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.


    Yeah tbh i'm too lazy to sign up and install another client, especially from EA
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    giovanni86 , August 18, 2011 7:36 PM
    Steam overall is well known in the PC community. Love it or hate it, its the best out there. I feel as if steam should have every known PC game ever made on there. Well that's what i want in the future, every PC game ever released on it. I can dream right =D
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    nisallik , August 18, 2011 7:44 PM
    Hopefully EA can work out something with Steam to make it work and maybe something they finally come to agreement will hopefully decrease the cuts Steam take from DLC. Which means more money for the developers that make them. ;p
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    Markon101 , August 18, 2011 7:44 PM
    I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.
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    alyon , August 18, 2011 7:47 PM
    I wonder how large large of a fee it is to have games on steam. I'm guessing they probably just charge an upfront fee then a servicing fee for everything after than.
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    JasonAkkerman , August 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    Markon101I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.

    I wish I could say this too, but I really want to play Battlefield 3.
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    irish_adam , August 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    Markon101I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.


    Yeah tbh i'm too lazy to sign up and install another client, especially from EA
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2011 7:53 PM
    If a game isn't on Steam then I don't know about it... and the company will not get my money for it :) 

    Except for SW: TOR of course!
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    restatement3dofted , August 18, 2011 7:55 PM
    I'd like to see EA games return to Steam, as I absolutely refuse to use EA's Origin service - when it was first released, it wouldn't allow me to install the client on my storage drive. Fastest way to guarantee that I won't use your product: try to force me to install it (and all of its associated programs) on my SSD. If that's been fixed, I'll consider it, but until then, all they get from me is a middle finger.
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    guardianangel42 , August 18, 2011 8:07 PM
    Markon101I won't buy anymore of EA's games if they don't come back to Steam.


    I highly doubt that. Unless all you play is Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed, too many good games come out of EA for you to just abandon them over this.

    ME3, BF3, Madden, and more come out of that studio.

    At least for me I could never go without ME3, ever. Good thing I'm buying it for Xbox though, he he.

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    hoofhearted , August 18, 2011 8:13 PM
    SC2 (Blizzard) wasn't on Steam. Maybe there should be an "open standard" developed as a collective among these companies that addresses the issue of original title, patches, DLC, release date, encryption, portability to another PC, protection, etc. The Steam Client excels in all of these areas, so I see Valve owning the bearshare of this.
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    ozzy702 , August 18, 2011 8:17 PM
    I love steam. I won't be purchasing BF3 unless it's on steam.
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    Anomalyx , August 18, 2011 8:22 PM
    Look on the bright side... at least with all the new EA games on their own distribution platform, they'll be extremely easy to avoid!
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2011 8:22 PM
    I think all the PC players are done with Need for Speed series after the Shift2 fiasco. Need for Speed will for now on only be a console game where it will have to compete with the in-house groups producing Gran Tourismo (PS3) and Forza (MSFT).
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    brandonjclark , August 18, 2011 8:24 PM
    host the games on Steam or I won't buy them. Host them on Steam and I might buy them several times for myself and friends.

    GOT THAT, EA?!?!?! Does that create VALUE for you?
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    xjchcxx , August 18, 2011 8:32 PM
    irish_adamYeah tbh i'm too lazy to sign up and install another client, especially from EA


    I see no improvements from the first Download Manager.. it's the same strategy Microsoft employed by creating internet explorer, killing netscape, and forcing us all to 'use' it because it came on our windows machine. Companies like us to be loyal to them, and they'll force it on us if they can – after all, the need our cash.
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    pocketdrummer , August 18, 2011 8:57 PM
    I used to be a huge Steam advocate... until they repeatedly screwed me with their atrocious customer service. I've contact both companies a few times for support. Valve has NEVER helped me in 5 separate tickets. EA, on the other hand, has gone great lengths to help me and even gave me $20 towards a game as compensation.

    Frankly, if Steam support continues to be this horrible, I wouldn't mind buying games on Origin for peace of mind alone.
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2011 8:57 PM
    the reason most gamers don't have it is because of their broadband . most gamers in the world don't even have 1 mbps downstrean
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    jackbling , August 18, 2011 9:01 PM
    how could they possibly whine about dlc profits..............look at the total cost for a game like dragon age plus dlc.

    I have just been writing off this pulling games from steam thing as EA just being EA, and not caring about their user base; DLC is a cash grab, and once upon a time was free.

    Has anyone ever purchased a DLC and felt it was worth every penny?
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    Gotbeef , August 18, 2011 9:09 PM
    I've pre-ordered BF3 (DVD) because I think its gonna be a awesome game. But I'm not gonna use ea's origin software. I think EA is making a big mistake not putting there games on Steam. There has been sporadic times times that I wanted to buy a EA game but didn't just because they didn't have it on Steam. And I'm not going to the store or buy it off Origin.
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    zaximus777 , August 18, 2011 9:22 PM
    I Refuse to buy anymore EA Games I don't like Origin and it makes things more difficult and frustrating you have a million different game accounts and a million different passwords and Origin is lacking in a lot of area's I like Steam it is "Great" user friendly no worries everything is taken care of automatic updates and fixes all my friends are there Great values and Deals none of my friends are on Origin and don't want to join and I love Ea titles but if they don't return to Steam I will just sack buying or playing any of their titles.EA has been in my Black book anyway by not making NHL titles available for PC anymore like what the @#$$ is up with that way to go EA Thanks.
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