Steam currently not listed as Battlefield 3 digital PC retailer

The biggest seller of digital download PC games is Valve's Steam service. However it seems that lately that Electronic Arts, one of the biggest publisher of PC games, has had some prickly relations with Valve over its Steam service. Now it appears that one of EA's biggest upcoming games, Battlefield 3, is not currently planned to be offered for sale on Steam. A listing of digital download retailers on the first person shooter's official web site doesn't currently show Steam as one of those retailers.

At the moment, the US download retailers on the list include EA's recently launched Origin service along with many others including Direct2Drive, Impulse, and GamersGate along with the web sites of retailers like GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy. So far EA has not confirmed why Steam is not listed as a retailer for the game. While Valve has kept its financial numbers for Steam a secret some analysts have estimated that Steam currently accounts for as much as 70 percent of the total PC game digital download market.

EA announced its plans for its own Origin PC game download service in late May. It's already announced some games will be exclusive to Origin including the digital download version of the upcoming MMO Star Wars The Old Republic. On Friday it also announced that the PC Deluxe Digital version of Mass Effect 3 will also be an Origin exclusive. Earlier this week senior vice president David DeMartini stated that "one download service" (presumably Steam) would not allow EA to have full control over EA's post release updates and DLC content. So far Valve has yet to comment on EA's claims.

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I think Valve is trying to be the only digital distributor for NEW games. If you don't agree to those NEW rules with Valve, your game won't be available on STEAM.

no steam = no battlefield 3 for me
why? i love steam to much to go away from it, valve made a excellent digital store, you also have to thank valve for a excellent steam drm that makes sense (no stupid install limits, steam is play where you are)

I don't think some of you realize this. Whether you purchase a digital copy or physical copy of battlefield 3, you still have to use origin. Like with any valve game, whether you purchase it online from valve's store or you buy a physical copy, you still are going to be using steam.

Fcbarcelonafan said,
I don't think some of you realize this. Whether you purchase a digital copy or physical copy of battlefield 3, you still have to use origin. Like with any valve game, whether you purchase it online from valve's store or you buy a physical copy, you still are going to be using steam.

exactly and at the end of the day, it's about the game not the way of downloading/buying it.

Digitalx said,

exactly and at the end of the day, it's about the game not the way of downloading/buying it.

I think most people are concerned about using Origin. If origin didn't exist and the game wouldn't be on steam, I would just settle with buying a physical copy from a store, but having to use EA's drm just makes me not satisfied.

I don't think some of you realize this. Whether you purchase battlefield 3 as a digital copy or a physical copy, you still have to use the origin software. Like with any valve game, you have to use steam whether you buy a physical copy or a digital copy.

From what I've been reading elsewhere (could be wrong), It seems as though EA is trying to bully Valve into letting them spam Steam users with EA specific news, such as game patches, dlc, community news and the likes. If this is true, I can see why Valve said no, as it would open the flood gates for loads of messages from game publishers.

Of course, it also appears that EA believe they know better than the no #1 digital retailer, and don't understand that Steam users already know how to use Steam services and find the information they need regarding these matters. Besides, most the trouble I've ever had with EA games on Steam is purely down to EA being behind the eight ball in terms of releases, updates and product information.

The ironic thing is that they are complaining about Valve's policy, yet are trying to duplicate Steam features in Origin and bully us all into it, in an attempt to make it popular. I for one will not be buying games on Origin, as the system sucks (download installers, store installers, and install games, then patch games, equals storing twice the data and 10x the trouble). I like Steam's service and I wont be bullied into using an inferior service.

I'm really looking forward to this game, but I almost only buy things on Steam.. so would probably pass if it doesn't make an appearance there.

Uhh, wow, some of you here are really hung up on steam like it's the only thing on the PC for games. I don't care where the game comes from, I want the game itself. Hell I don't like digital distro anyways. If you enjoy the DRM and steam looking over your shoulder then ok, but I'll pass.

this is pretty idiotic on EA's part. now i don't know which game to boycott more...MW3 or BF3! in other words, if BF3 isn't on Steam, i won't be getting it. i don't buy disc games for the PC anymore, everything's on Steam. they're far from perfect but they've been good to gamers overall so i'm staying loyal. i hope EA reconsider this silly spat they have with Valve, really redundant.

If it's not on steam, I will purchase the dvd game and add it manually to my steam account. Who want to buy it elseware than Steam online when steam do it all right ?

Philippe Pomerleau said,
If it's not on steam, I will purchase the dvd game and add it manually to my steam account. Who want to buy it elseware than Steam online when steam do it all right ?

Because other digital distros can't let you download it or something? All they do, all of them, is let you download a game with their flavor of DRM tacked on.

I applaud EA for removing a large majority of their games from Steam and not distributing Battlefield 3 through Steam.

I started to explain why, but as I wrote it out I started to realize more and more that no one would probably get where I'm trying to go with this post as it appears this article is filled with a bunch of Steam worshipers who think Steam is the end-all of all digital distributors, so I decided to just leave it at a simple "I applaud EA."

I just wish more publishers wold follow EA and start removing their games from Steam. Maybe Valve would take some of those trillions of dollars they've made off Steam since it launched nearly a decade ago and invest it into servers so downloads don't get so slow during peak hours that they actually just outright pause.

I'm no EA-lover by any means, I just hate Steam and Valve for not investing any money into even attempting to keep Steam moving forward. It seems like at first they cared, then they just completely stopped caring and just said, "Eh, hell, they'll just have to deal with the fact that the year is 2011 and Steam is still based on technology from 2005."

GollyJeeWizz said,
I applaud EA for removing a large majority of their games from Steam and not distributing Battlefield 3 through Steam.

I started to explain why, but as I wrote it out I started to realize more and more that no one would probably get where I'm trying to go with this post as it appears this article is filled with a bunch of Steam worshipers who think Steam is the end-all of all digital distributors, so I decided to just leave it at a simple "I applaud EA."

I just wish more publishers wold follow EA and start removing their games from Steam. Maybe Valve would take some of those trillions of dollars they've made off Steam since it launched nearly a decade ago and invest it into servers so downloads don't get so slow during peak hours that they actually just outright pause.

I'm no EA-lover by any means, I just hate Steam and Valve for not investing any money into even attempting to keep Steam moving forward. It seems like at first they cared, then they just completely stopped caring and just said, "Eh, hell, they'll just have to deal with the fact that the year is 2011 and Steam is still based on technology from 2005."

As far as I know, the CDN powering Steam is probably one of the best.

GollyJeeWizz said,
I applaud EA for removing a large majority of their games from Steam and not distributing Battlefield 3 through Steam.

I started to explain why, but as I wrote it out I started to realize more and more that no one would probably get where I'm trying to go with this post as it appears this article is filled with a bunch of Steam worshipers who think Steam is the end-all of all digital distributors, so I decided to just leave it at a simple "I applaud EA."

I just wish more publishers wold follow EA and start removing their games from Steam. Maybe Valve would take some of those trillions of dollars they've made off Steam since it launched nearly a decade ago and invest it into servers so downloads don't get so slow during peak hours that they actually just outright pause.

I'm no EA-lover by any means, I just hate Steam and Valve for not investing any money into even attempting to keep Steam moving forward. It seems like at first they cared, then they just completely stopped caring and just said, "Eh, hell, they'll just have to deal with the fact that the year is 2011 and Steam is still based on technology from 2005."

Download speeds are great.

MattWeihl said,

As far as I know, the CDN powering Steam is probably one of the best.

So's the US Steam. Not sure what this poster is whining about.

GollyJeeWizz said,

I just wish more publishers wold follow EA and start removing their games from Steam. Maybe Valve would take some of those trillions of dollars they've made off Steam since it launched nearly a decade ago and invest it into servers so downloads don't get so slow during peak hours that they actually just outright pause.

Only had this issue once and that was when the first set of L4D2 DLC hit. Other than that, at "peak times" I never really have an issue.
Ever stop to think that maybe it's your ISP throttling incoming traffic from Steam due to the high bandwith it requires?

Didn't EA delay Shift 2 Unleashed's Steam release by a few days/weeks, after initially saying they had no plans to put the game on Steam?

A similar thing could happen here. If not, their loss.

I understand some people don't like Steam becoming such a huge player in the digital distribution market, but look at the experience it offers for gamers. It doesn't just stop at offering games for sale and DRM, or having a few bits of DLC tacked on for games.

I have over 400 games on Steam and it is the only service I use, due to the convenience. If BF3 isn't released on Steam then I won't be buying it. It's pretty sad that EA has to resort to these sort of sleazy tactics just to get people to use their own digital distribution service.

That said, BF3 looks awesome.

Im happy with steam and don't plan on moving! it will come to steam they would be stupid not to... looking forward to seeing how this turns out!!!

after EA pulled Crysis 2 off of steam. im pretty sure they wont be having any more titles on steam. especially after the release of EA's download service (origin). not that my opinion matters. im just bored today. thanks for the heads up though NEOWINIANS.

Well since I have all my EA games on Origin being on Origin only would be just fine. If people do not like it do not play it simple as that. As Origin gets bigger i have a feeling all EA games will soon be Origin only anyway.

I'd rather buy the physical disk of this.. I have steam but I can't resell games if I get it in digital form.
SO I could really care less if they put it on Steam or any other digital format...but I do care about it being over $50 as that is just insane and I'm tired of getting ripped off for half finished games for that amount or higher.

Alladaskill17 said,

Its DICE so you should, and I;m not an EA fan either.

Please, DICE are terrible. :\ They think that guns + nice graphics = a good game. :\ Coming from someone with like 600 hours in BC2.

Pc_Madness said,

Please, DICE are terrible. :\ They think that guns + nice graphics = a good game. :\ Coming from someone with like 600 hours in BC2.

If you have played it for that long, you wouldn't come to that conclusion.

x-byte said,
If you have played it for that long, you wouldn't come to that conclusion.

Except he's right. Battlefield games are always ruined by snipers who pick you off miles from where you are. Then they don't show you their location so you just die constantly.
"OH BUT IT'S SO REALISTIC OLOLOLOLAFKDPJGD"

AFineFrenzy said,

Except he's right. Battlefield games are always ruined by snipers who pick you off miles from where you are. Then they don't show you their location so you just die constantly.
"OH BUT IT'S SO REALISTIC OLOLOLOLAFKDPJGD"


If you play on a server with kill cam enabled and played long enough to learn the map, you can figure out where the sniper is and go run him over with a humvee.

Well looks like I'll be getting boxed versions of BF3, SWTOR and would be too with ME3 if i wasn't getting it on xbox (because my past 2 saves are on there). I don't want digital copies of games spread around different software platforms with different accounts. Any game that I haven't bought boxed has been downloaded on steam, and that's where they will continue to be downloaded!

It will probably just be a exclusive on Origin and a handful of other online retailers, if I were EA I would have the game sold in as many locations as possibly but I am sure it has something to do with them trying to get Origin going and they are probably hoping it will over take Steam but I highly doubt that will ever happen.

1) I never buy boxed games anymore.
2) I never buy digital games on anything other than steam.

Problem is (just like other games) there will not be enough people standing up to this BS to make a difference.

necrosis said,
1) I never buy boxed games anymore.
2) I never buy digital games on anything other than steam.

Problem is (just like other games) there will not be enough people standing up to this BS to make a difference.

lol you are definately setting up steam to raise prices and over charge for stuff.. I buy on steam when its cheap and buy on other websites if its cheaper.. The "BS" people should be standing up against is commiting to a single service so that they can dominate the market and decide what the prices should be.

SoulLance said,
I'll buy it wherever it's cheaper... Don't care for the format or the digital distributor...

You're willing to put up with having several download managers running on your system? I tried Origin and it was rubbish, so now I'm back with Steam only.

Dusco25 said,
It will be on Steam. EA is not that stupid.

I dunno, i just hope enough people bitch so it does end up on steam. Either way people are gonna buy it. Just sucks

Timan said,

I dunno, i just hope enough people bitch so it does end up on steam. Either way people are gonna buy it. Just sucks
All my games are on Steam. Not planning on breaking the chain as I prefer my convenience. I'm thinking that it won't come to Steam at first, but eventually.../hope.

Dusco25 said,
It will be on Steam. EA is not that stupid.

what ever.. they have their own gaming system to push.. you never know it might be better then steam!?! would people be this upset if steam release halflife 5 and didnt let EA sell it on their website ??

Lachlan said,

what ever.. they have their own gaming system to push.. you never know it might be better then steam!?! would people be this upset if steam release halflife 5 and didnt let EA sell it on their website ??

...you do realise that Origin sells EA games only, right? All Origin is is EA's feeble attempt at rebranding their store. Besides the name and logo change, it's pretty much the same as the old EA Store.