EA and Steam going head-to-head, Crysis 2 stuck in the middle

Crytek's sci- fi shooter sequel Crysis 2 has been removed from sale on Valve's popular PC game download service Steam while still being made available for purchase and download from other rival download sites such as Direct2Drive and Impulse. This move comes as Crysis 2's publisher Electronic Arts recently relaunched its own PC game download site and set itself up as another rival for Steam.

So far the move to remove Crysis 2 from Steam's online store has not been explained by either Valve or EA (Neowin has sent emails to both parties for comment). A representative from the game's developer Crytek did make a post on Steam's Crysis message board this week but didn't address the reasons behind the removal of Crysis 2 via Steam. He did state, "Crytek love and support Steam. We will remain on these forums and continue to answer questions and share information as much as possible."

Just before E3 2011, EA relaunched its online download store with the new Origin service. The service has a client software program, just like Steam, that lets people purchase and download EA PC games. Plans are for Origin to add social networking features such as friends lists and profile pages that will show the scores of all EA games played by the user.

Ironically, EA has been Valve's publishing partner for the past few years. EA has published The Orange Box in retail stores in 2007, both Left 4 Dead games in 2008 and 2009 and most recently Portal 2 in April of this year.

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I must be one of the few who actually welcomes more competition to the scene. It appears most people are blindly following Steam and ignoring all the other services out right. EA is also getting lots of hate for just being EA.

I myself rarely buy games on Steam any more as they are so bloody expensive.

Dhalamar said,
I must be one of the few who actually welcomes more competition to the scene. It appears most people are blindly following Steam and ignoring all the other services out right. EA is also getting lots of hate for just being EA.

I myself rarely buy games on Steam any more as they are so bloody expensive.

Thank you finally someone who sees it. I don't buy games off of steam anymore because of the price though.

Dhalamar said,
I must be one of the few who actually welcomes more competition to the scene. It appears most people are blindly following Steam and ignoring all the other services out right. EA is also getting lots of hate for just being EA.

I myself rarely buy games on Steam any more as they are so bloody expensive.

im sorry but no! here in NZ steam is the prime place to get your games from, the price at stores are way too much, and with steam sales i know alot of people who save and wait till these happen! not to also mention some neowins here buy me a US steam copy and gift it to cause it is even more cheap! steam have put in alot of work and they have a great service! Also i dont want 50 different clients just to download and play a game! just one will do....

Dhalamar said,
I must be one of the few who actually welcomes more competition to the scene. It appears most people are blindly following Steam and ignoring all the other services out right. EA is also getting lots of hate for just being EA.

I myself rarely buy games on Steam any more as they are so bloody expensive.


There are major diff
Steam is open to all Game Developer
EA Origin is EA only publisher games

The only digital publisher that I've ever, or will ever, trust selling me games on a digital platform is Valve. Why you ask? Because they have done nothing but protect the PC gamer. While EA, Ubisoft, and Activision have worked to stick it to us, Valve has worked to protect the industry. For that, my loyalty rests with Valve. I will buy nothing but Indie games if that ends up all that Valve sells. I refuse to buy directly from another publisher unless it a physics media disc.
You cannot backup and archive your games. After uninstalling you must re-download all your purchase. The option to backup and burn games, and the ease of restoring those titles is the essence of steam. EA is desperate.
I have tested Origins. The platform is #%##@^%$.

Dhalamar said,
I must be one of the few who actually welcomes more competition to the scene. It appears most people are blindly following Steam and ignoring all the other services out right. EA is also getting lots of hate for just being EA.

I myself rarely buy games on Steam any more as they are so bloody expensive.

There are major diff in two
Steam is open to all Game Developer
EA Origin is EA only publisher games

1: The only digital publisher that I've ever, or will ever, trust selling me games on a digital platform is Valve. Why you ask? Because they have done nothing but protect the PC gamer. While EA, Ubisoft, and Activision have worked to stick it to us, Valve has worked to protect the industry. For that, my loyalty rests with Valve.
2: I will buy nothing but Indie games if that ends up all that Valve ever sells. I refuse to buy directly from any another publisher unless it on a physics media disc.
3: You cannot backup and archive your games. After uninstalling you must re-download all your purchase. The option to backup and burn games, and the ease of restoring those titles is the essence of steam. EA is desperate, I have tested Origins. The platform is #%##@^%$.

Finally someone challenging Valve because they need a big kick in the butt. Granted I don't like EA but at least there is some real completion finally. Take that Steam. I still like Steam I just won't be ever buying another game ever again off of it. I could of bought Battlefield Bad Company 2 on Steam but didn't. Sorry Valve but you can't tell me I can't run two games at the same time, not play my games in offline mode, and suspend my downloads constantly when waiting for one to download as I play a single player game. Oh and not to mention the horrible new Steam. The old Steam was so much better and quicker. The new Steam sucks. We should have a choose of using the old or the new Steam. I know of plenty of people who could not play there Steam games anymore because of the new Steam UI. No not talking about games like Crysis but like Counter Strike Source, Garry's Mod, and so on.

max22 said,
Finally someone challenging Valve because they need a big kick in the butt. Granted I don't like EA but at least there is some real completion finally. Take that Steam. I still like Steam I just won't be ever buying another game ever again off of it. I could of bought Battlefield Bad Company 2 on Steam but didn't. Sorry Valve but you can't tell me I can't run two games at the same time, not play my games in offline mode, and suspend my downloads constantly when waiting for one to download as I play a single player game. Oh and not to mention the horrible new Steam. The old Steam was so much better and quicker. The new Steam sucks. We should have a choose of using the old or the new Steam. I know of plenty of people who could not play there Steam games anymore because of the new Steam UI. No not talking about games like Crysis but like Counter Strike Source, Garry's Mod, and so on.

Most of those points except running two games at once are invalid. I have none of those problems, no suspended downloads, offline mode works, all my games work fine. The new UI is just about as light as the old UI, most of the time it uses about 16 MB of ram to 22 MB which is peanuts compared the the resource usage of most web browsers and other applications. With Steam it's sitting at 0% cpu usage also. Origins uses more ram than Steam, like nearly twice as much.

If this is true I am not too happy, I was planning on purchasing Crysis 2 and other EA games via Steam so now it looks like it's either retail or nothing at all for me. I don't want to keep installing all these services and clients besides Steam, other publishers will probably follow suit with their own clients. All these clients just to play some games, I mean it's bad enough that some games on Steam require you install additional crap like GFWL, Securom, Tages etc.. to play when Steam and Steamworks is more than adequate. Services like GFWL don't especially work well for PC gaming as it does for consoles. How much more crap will we need to install just to play our games in the future?

max22 said,
Finally someone challenging Valve because they need a big kick in the butt. Granted I don't like EA but at least there is some real completion finally. Take that Steam. I still like Steam I just won't be ever buying another game ever again off of it. I could of bought Battlefield Bad Company 2 on Steam but didn't. Sorry Valve but you can't tell me I can't run two games at the same time, not play my games in offline mode, and suspend my downloads constantly when waiting for one to download as I play a single player game. Oh and not to mention the horrible new Steam. The old Steam was so much better and quicker. The new Steam sucks. We should have a choose of using the old or the new Steam. I know of plenty of people who could not play there Steam games anymore because of the new Steam UI. No not talking about games like Crysis but like Counter Strike Source, Garry's Mod, and so on.

You sir are a flamebait troll. As previously stated just about all of your issues are false. Sure my PC from 2003 may not run Steam and CS:Source but there are reasons for that. I have many different PC's of many different ages and configurations and have never ever had a problem with steam. I will always miss how steam was in its beta but it has come a long way and is just about as good and minimalistic as it was back then. The errors you are having are obvious ID 10 T related.

zeroomegazx said,

You sir are a flamebait troll. As previously stated just about all of your issues are false. Sure my PC from 2003 may not run Steam and CS:Source but there are reasons for that. I have many different PC's of many different ages and configurations and have never ever had a problem with steam. I will always miss how steam was in its beta but it has come a long way and is just about as good and minimalistic as it was back then. The errors you are having are obvious ID 10 T related.

You can say whatever I am I don't care. You can curse me out as far as I can. At least I see the real picture. It will to late by the time you do. Like I said I still like Steam.

Tell me the last time Valve has actually created a new feature that was asked for, very much needed, and helpful in their Steam Client.

Ravensky said,
I will never buy anything directly from EA, they suck bad enough as it is, why promote them?

I don't know, because the publish some of the best games being released?
As for their store, well the let me add all my boxed EA games and have downloadable backup add to that that many of the games are cheaper there than on steam (still cheap to just order a boxed version from any online retailer, strangely enough), can't see how that's bad...

Ravensky said,
I will never buy anything directly from EA, they suck bad enough as it is, why promote them?

Some hear I'm done there BS.
Hear an idea let all just sent the EA President John Riccitiello a tube of ky or a jar of vaseline hehehe.

Ravensky said,
I will never buy anything directly from EA, they suck bad enough as it is, why promote them?

EA looks like is run by crooks that the only thing they want is to sucks your money as much as they can. Including making games that after you paid $60 for the crap, they want u to pay additionally a subscription is order for you to enjoy multiplayer and new maps. **** EA, they can kiss my butt.

Apparently all future EA PC titles will be released on Origin. **** you EA, I don't want to use your piece of crap download service. It's no where near as good as Steam. Plus in their Terms of Service, they only allow you TWO YEARS and then they remove the download from your account. You can pay EXTRA to increase to five years. SO BOGUS.

This is so bogus, but a typical move from EA. You'd think they would want it on as many outlets as they can to increase sales.

The Laughing Man said,
So you technically only own the game for two years then your screwed?

I hope my BF3 order was for a physical copy, i don't remember.

If your EA account is inactive for 24 months they remove all purchases and close your account. You can purchase "insurance" for a fee that will move this up to 5 years.

EA, go diaf please.

The Laughing Man said,
So you technically only own the game for two years then your screwed?

I hope my BF3 order was for a physical copy, i don't remember.


My first purchase from EAs store was September '08 and I can still download it. I doubt they'll ever remove purchased products.

IMO Origin competes with Steam quite well. EADM finally got good after seven versions (yeah, I still find it funny too) and now they're on the eigth.

Wonder if this will have any affect on Valve being in the EA Partners program (for their brick-and-mortar-retail products).

why not put it in as many stores as possible? I am sure valve takes a cut too, but was it so much you want to go and take the hurt of hosting multi-GB games yourself?

Nexus- said,
why not put it in as many stores as possible? I am sure valve takes a cut too, but was it so much you want to go and take the hurt of hosting multi-GB games yourself?
Maybe they think they can fool people into shelling all their money to EA. Valve has a sort of "Steam wallet" (i hope they don't keep that hot sucka' int the pocket next to their... ahem...) that handles ingame micropayments. I think EA sees some potential in implementing such a thing for Battlefield or Mass Effect 3 or The Old Republic. If they do i won't ever try to play Bioware's to-be-released MMO.

I just got my CD key from Steam and stuck it into Origin -- it accepted it.
Downloading again, just to see if it will actually include the 64bit version which never made it on to Steam.

Keeping this sucker around because I hear the impending Directx11 version will be something special, but then I have heard that all before.

First etc. woo.

Electronic Punk said,
I just got my CD key from Steam and stuck it into Origin -- it accepted it.
Downloading again, just to see if it will actually include the 64bit version which never made it on to Steam.

Keeping this sucker around because I hear the impending Directx11 version will be something special, but then I have heard that all before.

First etc. woo.


64bit wasn't included in the disc version either.
The only version you can get your hands on (as I am pretty sure the haven't added it I yet) is the leaked beta and in that 64bit executable the games sounds is horribly bugged.

Electronic Punk said,
I just got my CD key from Steam and stuck it into Origin -- it accepted it.
Downloading again, just to see if it will actually include the 64bit version which never made it on to Steam.

Keeping this sucker around because I hear the impending Directx11 version will be something special, but then I have heard that all before.

First etc. woo.


Frsit all the problem is not Steam it EA that not update there software patches on Steam
Like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Patch 1.05 which come out on Apr 14, 2011 it them 9 week just to get it up on Steam that is BS min other major game on Steam got patch with in few days after there release date.
Beside if things going this way you beat all future EA PC titles will be EA way and in mean time you get the shaft you better watch I'm sure min of the major publisher will try the same thing that going one big mess for us PC user with min diff Game Client beside Steam is way better and it been around way longer and it is the Ultimate Game Client Platform.