EA lays blame on Valve for Crysis 2's Steam ban

EA lays blame on Valve for Crysis 2's Steam ban

By Rob Crossley

June 16th 2011 at 10:28AM

Publishing giant suggests Steam business terms are draconian

The expulsion of Crysis 2 from the PC games portal Steam was made at Valve’s request, Electronic Arts has claimed.

A statement issued by EA implied that Crysis 2’s appearance on another games portal – likely EA’s own – was the reason for the Steam ban.

EA also made a veiled-criticism of Valve for its supposedly tough Steam business terms.

Yesterday it emerged that Crysis 2 had been pulled from the Steam storefront, amid widespread reports suggesting the game was now an exclusive on EA’s new digital store, known as Origin.

EA has established Origin as a rival to Steam.

But the publisher claims it wasn’t behind removing Crysis 2 from the e-store.

“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,” read a company statement published on GameFront.

Electronic Arts went on to infer, though not outright declare, that Steam’s terms and conditions are too restrictive.

“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,” the publisher said.

“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.”

Crysis 2 is still available on several other download services including GameStop and Amazon – though it has been suggested Crysis 2 will eventually appear solely on Origin.