EA confirms PC version of Battlefield 3 won't be sold on Steam

About a month ago a web page on the official Battlefield 3 web site briefly showed a list of all of the retail and download sites that the upcoming first person shooter could be purchased. A huge omission on that list was Steam, Valve's PC game download service which is by far the biggest of the PC game download sites with 30 million registered users. The web page was quickly removed and neither Valve nor Battlefield 3's publisher Electronic Arts commented at the time about Steam not appearing on the game's retailer list.

This week in a post on the Battlefield 3 message boards, an EA rep confirmed that the game would in fact not be released on Steam. The message states, "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." It added, "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."

Valve has yet to comment about EA's allegations. Earlier this year the publisher pulled two more of its PC games off of Steam, Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2. As before, EA said Valve's alleged restrictions on how it handles patches and downloadable content were the reason. So far, no other game publisher has pulled games off of Steam for the reasons EA has described.

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oceanmotion said,
What's the big deal. Buy the game at retail or another digital store. Origin only needs to be used for updates, doesn't need to run in the background or anything while playing. You know, kinda like buying games before Steam came along. It amazes me how people hate console gaming for being a closed environment when Steam that you love, is used in the same way. One platform. I've got no love for EA but they can do what they want just like everyone else including Valve who are a quite a bit more restrictive with their games on Steam than EA are with Origin.

Thank you! Tired of Steam whiners ragging on EA. Steam is great, but it does not need to be the end all in gaming. Plus it's nice to give Steam some competition.

neo158 said,

I never said that it won't require Origin to be installed to keep it up to date, did I? So you just pulled that out of your ass!!

I was an Alpha tester as well so I know for a fact that Origin doesn't need to be running to launch the game, as I already said, Origin only needs to be running to allow access to the overlay.

I never said it would require origin, I didn't pull anything out of my ass.

On a more interesting note, it's been confirmed the game WILL require Origin.

http://bf3blog.com/2011/08/ori...ired-to-play-battlefield-3/

SpyCatcher said,
EA to customers - we want to you to pay us more money!

You do realise that some EA games on Steam can be activated in Origin using the Steam "CD-Key".

It's really hard for me to take a side in this dispute between Valve and EA when neither are making it clear what the dispute really is. All I've heard is that there are "restrictions" on something relating to how the publisher can distribute stuff for the game. That's pretty vague... What exactly are these restrictions?

Valve isn't allowing anyone to sell DLC directly. It has to be on the Steam storefront.

Otherwise, they take the game down. It's a relatively recent rule so they're ignoring games that were on the service already, unless new DLC comes out which breaks the rule.

And people are calling EA greedy. Huh?

randomevent said,
Valve isn't allowing anyone to sell DLC directly. It has to be on the Steam storefront.

Otherwise, they take the game down. It's a relatively recent rule so they're ignoring games that were on the service already, unless new DLC comes out which breaks the rule.

And people are calling EA greedy. Huh?

Ok so its a new rule so no more games that use Games for Windows Live then.

Doli said,

Ok so its a new rule so no more games that use Games for Windows Live then.


Unless they don't have DLC or sell it through both like Fallout 3, yes. I suspect Valve is going to back down on this since it's not likely to win them any friends. We'll see.

I don't want it on steam... I would rather have the physical copy of the disk than depend on steam or any other digital outlet. I would rather download the patches myself than have them pushed automatically as they are with Steam. When I'm done with the game I'll sell it and recover some costs that I put in to it. So long as they don't require the disk to be in the drive I'm ok with it but since they patched that out of BF2 I don't think they will make that mistake with BF3 with some lame DRM.

sava700 said,
I don't want it on steam... I would rather have the physical copy of the disk than depend on steam or any other digital outlet. I would rather download the patches myself than have them pushed automatically as they are with Steam. When I'm done with the game I'll sell it and recover some costs that I put in to it. So long as they don't require the disk to be in the drive I'm ok with it but since they patched that out of BF2 I don't think they will make that mistake with BF3 with some lame DRM.

I think the game key would be linked to your EA account so you cant sell it.

To be honest I would prefer to own the physical media for this game - there is a psychological barrier to me of spending £35 or £40 on a digital download, vs actually owning the disks.

But that said I love Steam and have splashed out on games when they've been in the sales.. £8 is a bit more acceptable to me I can't help but feel this is very short sighted by EA, however they know they're going to sell absolutely shed loads of copies of this game so I guess they can afford to act like dicks!

Chicane-UK said,
To be honest I would prefer to own the physical media for this game - there is a psychological barrier to me of spending £35 or £40 on a digital download, vs actually owning the disks.

I used to think like that, then realised how much space I was saving in my room. I have over 100 games on Steam now, would hate to try find a place for them!

AFineFrenzy said,

I used to think like that, then realised how much space I was saving in my room. I have over 100 games on Steam now, would hate to try find a place for them!

And I can have the same games installed automatically on my laptop, any new computer I buy, when I'm visiting friends or relatives, etc. All it takes is my Steam login and the time it takes to first-time install the game in question.

I don't do physical media anymore.

I was mad about this at first, but now that I've been using Origin for a while I don't really care. It's really not that bad even though its a **** move from EA.

In the end those who want to play BF3 will buy it any way they can and the whiners will just lose out.

I have two steam powered games and they are both having issues with my 6990 and two monitors. Support won't reply to my ticket. In other words I am gland BF3 isnt on steam

Riva said,
Support won't reply to my ticket. In other words I am gland BF3 isnt on steam

What games? Are you certain you're emailing the CORRECT support department? Typically you'd go for the publisher/developer for help with the game you downloaded off Steam...

Riva said,
Support won't reply to my ticket. In other words I am gland BF3 isnt on steam

What games? Are you certain you're emailing the CORRECT support department? Typically you'd go for the publisher/developer for help with the game you downloaded off Steam...

no thanks EA, ill would like to stick with steam, its called my choice, BTW if it wasnt for steam, us KIWIs would be paying your over the top prices ATM!!

SpyderCanopus said,
Open Steam > Click the "Games" menu > Click "add non-Steam game to library"

VIOLA! BF3 on Steam!

Not. The. Same.

And you know it.

I guess I better start pre-ordering now that it's confirmed it won't be available on Steam

But honestly, people used to rage and complain about Steam a few years ago. Now everyone worships it - let's give Origin a chance

:: Lyon :: said,
I guess I better start pre-ordering now that it's confirmed it won't be available on Steam

But honestly, people used to rage and complain about Steam a few years ago. Now everyone worships it - let's give Origin a chance

Very true.

Are people still talking about this? If the game isn't available on Steam then what's the big deal with going to a store and buying it on disc? Hell it can be ordered from Amazon if you want to save on tax and shipping is either free or costs little.

Reading some of these posts you'd think Steam was the only way to buy and play PC games. Well it isn't; it's just a digital distribution service like Origin, Impulse, and Direct2Drive. Some people like it, some hate it but there it is. Maybe I'm in the minority here but I prefer to buy my games on disc and install them. That which is new, and digital, isn't always better.

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