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Valve behind Crysis 2 exit from Steam

Thu 16 Jun 2011 7:34am GMT / 3:34am EDT / 12:34am PDT
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Restrictive business terms with developer Crytek at root of problem, says EA

Publisher EA has claimed that it is Steam developer Valve who is responsible for removing Crysis 2 from the Steam download service, contrary to earlier assumptions.

"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," reads a statement made to GamesIndustry.biz.

"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."

Although initially available as normal from Steam, first person shooter Crysis 2 was removed from the service yesterday. Although it is still available from other digital download services such as Direct2Drive and Impulse, it was assumed by many that EA was preparing to make it and other recent and upcoming titles Origin exclusives.

EA has confirmed that Crysis 2 is still playable for people that have already purchased the game from Steam.

Although forthcoming massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic is intended to be an Origin exclusive, with other prominent titles expected to follow suit in time, for now it appears as if the Crysis 2 situation is an anomaly.

15 Comments

Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart

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Whilst Valve do rule Steam with an iron fist to the extent you need an NDA just to speak to the receptionist. However EA is certainly not an innocent party... nice try making Valve look the bad guys especially as they are about to launch a competive download service though.

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments

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Anyone else get the feeling there's rather more to this?

Posted:3 years ago

#2
I reckon its all sorts. Indubitably, steam is not going to tolerate other competitors, although it has a good chunk of the lions share. I guess watch this space, bring out the popcorn and lets reconvene in 6 months.

Posted:3 years ago

#3

James Prendergast Research Chemist

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Hmmmm... Steam tying bonus features to third party services and now we hear of ToS that limit the sorts of games that can appear in multiple spaces? I'm not liking these two events and i'm hoping it's not turning into a trend.

However, if Crysis 2 is still on the other DD services then i would really like to know exactly what part of the ToS they broke as i don't see how EA's origin service is any different to Direct2Drive/Gamersgate/Impulse etc.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Robert Pavel

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Indeed. All I can think of is something akin to how that ebook software/store died because "Apple killed them".

Not allowed to use another DD/Framework: Considering how many GfwL games are on there, that can't be it.
Not allowed to sell DLC through another store: This one could be it, actually. I honestly can't think of a single game with PAID DLC (not the free stuff) that doesn't give you the option to buy it through Steam (might even be why we didn't see Oblivion or Fallout 3 until near the end of their life cycles).

Posted:3 years ago

#5
Well, well. This is what happen when you let a company becoming the dominant and allow them to take too much market share. Publishers and developers are now going to have to deal with Steam power (forgive the pun). I suspect this is just the beginning with more titles from other publishers being pulled.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

David Spender Lead Programmer

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I agree Andrea, competition is vital. But at the same time, how are customers going to feel if they have games fragmented over different online services? It doesn't seem beneficial. Right now, anyone can go to any retail store and buy most any major game. They are all identical. We need to transfer that same freedom of purchasing to online transactions somehow or customers are going to become frustrated with so many different digital lockers. They already have different lockers for music, email, social data, etc. Is it too much to keep track of or is that just how the future looks - fragmentation - and we have to deal with it? Whoever figures out to make a portal, an umbrella, under which all those different services can hang (cooperatively or not) will do ok for themselves! (but then we'll need competition for that too lol)

Posted:3 years ago

#7
Ultimately, the game publisher/developer who is platform (digital) agnostic can reap the most rewards! What kind of cut/deal they have to pay for the final profits, is a entirely different matter.

Posted:3 years ago

#8

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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Robert has a good point. It is unlikely to be featuring on other portals that caused a problem, as a lot of other games do. But if EA are planning to only sell extra content through origin (make use of Steam's userbase to sell our game, but once they have it they have to come to Origin to get the DLC add ons) it may well have upset Steam. And I'm pretty sure EA has promised some additional content exclusive (on PC at least) to their own service.

Edit:The Retalliation DLC recently came out. If this was withheld from Steam, this would add creedance to this. (I don't know if this is the case as I have Crysis 2 on Xbox).

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Andrew Goodchild on 16th June 2011 3:09pm

Posted:3 years ago

#9

Alan Wilson Vice President, Tripwire Interactive

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Frankly, this looks like a complete crock to me. While Valve are very protective of their information (hence the reference to NDAs), there are no "restrictive business terms" that I am aware of - but we've only released one game through Steam this year, with another one coming soon. And both of those will be on other services - and neither use Source as the engine. As for "new business terms" - haven't seen any recently, having signed two contract addenda for Steam this year.

I'll be fascinated to see Valve's response to this one. This bit about "violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam" just seems to be something dreamt up by someone at EA. I know Valve too well to believe they just pulled down the game... But I find it hard to believe EA would actually put out a statement that was such a complete lie. That would be stupid beyond belief.

Posted:3 years ago

#10

Vitalii Moskalets Game Designer, GameLoft

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Well, because all shooters are important at multiplayer component, is the install base big enough so gamers who already purchased games will be interested in playing??? or at some point it marks the end of multiplayer at Crysis 2 on Steam ?

Posted:3 years ago

#11

Ali Mofadal

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its simple, EA wants to Push Origin so they pulled one of their big games from steam so ppl buy it from their service.
why they didn't remove crysis 2 from D2D etc... cuz they hold a small share of the profit and remember that EA released Sims 3 on Steam few months ago i guess they wanted to promote and market for EADM and Sims 3 is the perfect game to do it.

Posted:3 years ago

#12

Carl Préfontaine Technical Game Designer, Gameloft Montreal

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My guess would be that Valve removed Crysis 2 because Steam users would not get the same treatment as the Origin's users in terms of access to DLC and promotional content. That would maybe be the new "Terms of Service" EA is referring to. As you may have noticed, only recent games have been affected, most of which will probably get map packs or bonus levels being only available to Origin users.

Posted:3 years ago

#13

Derek Smart Software Developer/Engineer, 3000AD, Inc

29 1 0.0
What Alan said.

I know exactly what happened. And all I can say is that this is complete and utter bullshit. Wait for the other penny to drop in the coming weeks, if not days.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Derek Smart on 16th June 2011 11:27pm

Posted:3 years ago

#14

Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology

179 0 0.0
this is going to get good...

be a whodunit with interesting results..

im keeping an eye on this..

Posted:3 years ago

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