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 Crysis 2  Removed From Steam
Crysis 2 Removed From Steam
June 15, 2011 | By Mike Rose

June 15, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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EA's first-person shooter Crysis 2, released earlier this year, has been removed from digital distribution service Steam and now sports an 'Only on Origin' tag on the EA site.

However, despite the 'Only on Origin' tag, Crysis 2 is still available on Direct2Drive and Impulse, and has only been removed from Steam.

Released earlier this week, Alice: Madness Returns also states that it is available only on Origin, EA's new digital distribution service, although the official page on the EA site says that it is only available on Origin until June 17, indicating that the game will appear on other sites later this week.

Origin is a desktop application through which users can create an account and access their game library via an internet connection, much like Valve's dominant Steam platform.

EA launched the service earlier this month, with more than 150 titles offered from launch day. The company noted that it will be adding many more titles in the coming months, including exclusive limited edition copies of upcoming EA titles.

It also confirmed that the digital download version of Star Wars: The Old Republic will be exclusively available via Origin.

[Update: EA has issued a response to the game's removal, saying that it was "not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA," saying instead that the game was removed because an agreement that developer Crytek made with "another download service" violates an unspecified rule Steam has for its distribution partners.

Valve has not responded to requests by Gamasutra for clarification. An EA spokesperson provided this statement to Gamasutra:

"It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis II from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.

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 II from Steam.

Crysis II continues to be available on several other download services including Amazon, GameStop and Origin.com.
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Matthew Mouras
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I'm surprised that more companies haven't done this sooner. lots of luck, EA. I'll only submit to one form of DRM for my game purchases and will stick with Steam - thanks. It rewards you for your purchases.



Maybe Crysis 2 will be on DRM-free Gog.com in ten years like so many other old EA titles? I can wait.

Arjen Meijer
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Battlefield 3 has also been removed as far as I can see right now.

Brian Pace
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Don't you love it when companies make things easier on the consumer. I love creating multiple accounts and spreading my credit card across the web just so I can buy games from different companies.

Matthew Mouras
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Of course! That way it's more likely that you'll eventually run into a Sony situation when one of the many companies that store your data is hacked.

Dorica Prostel
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I'd be more worried about one of the companies going bankrupt and you losing all your games.



At least if you keep your eyes on gaming news chances are you can just cancel your cards before someone actually uses them...

Tiago Raposo
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Which means Mass Effect 3 will be launched on their service... Guess I'll have to buy on retail.



Too bad their goal is to promote their exclusive services and get that 30% commision back, instead of just sell their games on the biggest digital game store on the internet.

Anthony Clay
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So I suppose it doesn't have to be said that BF3 isn't coming to steam, is it? Oh well, I guess I'll have to find a new shooter.

Aaron Truehitt
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Hey why don't you just take it out of retail stores as well and only offer your games on Origin. I'm sure that'll work too!

Jonathan Gilmore
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Well, if there was only one retail store, and that retail store imposed onerous conditions on EA, it might be a good idea to do that. If nothing else EA might get some concessions out of Steam.

Todd Boyd
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Milk it for all you can, EA! Too much is never enough!

Andrew Hernandez
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Considering the size of the Steam audience you would assume this would be the worst kind of move a company could do? I always figured the more places that sell your game the better your profit margins............or is steam really that big of a threat to EA?



Well, looks like no more EA Week deals :(

Brian ODonnell
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This reminds me of what NBC did with iTunes back when Hulu launched. Pulled all of their content and sales dropped like a hammer. Apparently EA doesn't pay attention to anything that has happened with digital distribution in the last 5 years. Idiots. Just when the rest of the tech world is looking to simplify, EA wants to make things more complex. This angers me

Alex Beckers
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You know, I really didn't think EA could do anything more to dump all over the Origin brand after leaving it inactive since UO got moved to EA Mythic. Clearly I was mistaken.

Brian Tsukerman
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Having bought it through Steam, I was concerned that this would mean I wouldn't be able to play it any longer, but that doesn't seem to be the case. It looks like it's just people that want to buy it from now on will have to go through... any other service than Steam I guess.

Jakub Janovsky
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No problem - I just wont buy EA games...

Fred Marcoux
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I hope this doesn't mean every publisher goes that way... I understand the business model for a publisher, but as a gamer i prefer having a download platform that's publisher agnostic.



plus the comment abouts about spreading our credita cards numbers, and accounts, and friend lists are all too true :(

Doug Johnson
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Fred, Steam is owned and operated by a publisher named Valve, so they are not publisher agnostic. Frankly, I am surprised other publishers have supported Steam (Valve) discounting the hell out of their games to only enable Steam to build a bigger consumer based which in turn gives them more power over publishers. Competition will only make both, and maybe other, services better.

sean lindskog
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I agree this sucks for consumers. And for me personally, I love Steam, and might be resistant to using other digital distribution services.



But I won't go so far as to criticize the business sense. Having some big name exclusive games might make a huge difference to kick-start Origin. Consoles do this all the time. A PS3 or XBox360 exclusive has a smaller potential audience, but can make a big difference in the number of consumers attracted to purchase that console system.



The short term loss in game sales might be compensated by the long term gain in number of Origin users.

ron carmel
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i wonder how much EA spent building this thing. and how much they'll spend maintaining it. betcha it's a lot more than the percentage they pay steam.

sean lindskog
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You may be right. But they wouldn't be doing it if they didn't think it will mean more money in the long term.

Jonathan Ghazarian
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Not just that, but they've created a store front that will only have their games. I'm willing to bet that a lot of consumers aren't going to use a new service just so they can get games by EA. Not only that, but most pc gamers are now used to going to steam to search for a game, if they don't see it there, it might as well not exist to them. Now EA has to also support this move with a ton of advertising for people to realize that they can get crysis 2.

Glenn Storm
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This story should be updated soon. (poor EA?)

George Blott
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Yeah, I would say the immediate reaction to the game being removed from Steam speaks to the unfortunate reputation that EA still have in the eyes of most gamers. Despite all the positive direction that the company has taken (imo) during the Riccitiello era, people still assume the worst.



Though maybe this story is more about people assuming the best when it comes to Steam. :)

Ian Uniacke
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"Though maybe this story is more about people assuming the best when it comes to Steam."



Spot on George. Steam defenders are ravenous. Especially apparent lately with the competition starting up and statements along the lines of "how dare you compete with steam, you are evil!!"

Jakub Janovsky
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Most Steam fans have no problemn with services competing with Steam, what many (including me) have problem with is that quite a few Steams competitors are total crap (GFWL is great example).

Thiago Diniz
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I think that's funny most of you guys saying that won't buy games from EA anymore.



If Valve ONLY distribute their games ONLY on Steam and not in other digital stores why EA should do the same if they have their own digital platform? I don't get it. It's in their right to do this if they want to unless Valve distribute Valve games on Origin then it's fair enough with the same 70/30 deal with EA/Origin.

Nathan Verbois
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I doubt any of the original commentors will notice the update to this story and amend their comments accordingly.

Maurício Gomes
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I still think it is EA fault.



IE: The "competing" thing that broke Steam rules is Origin. Thus EA was probably aware that this could happen.

Paul Peak
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So fighting past all the vague marketing speak and obfuscation I think I may have a theory what happened.



Valve makes some rules that forbid dlc for Steam games being sold exclusively through competing distro services.

EA makes all Crysis 2 DLC exclusively sold through Origins.

Steam rules violated, game pulled.



Seem likely to the rest of y'all?

Jakub Janovsky
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Yep, that sounds likely.

sean lindskog
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Good theory.

Steam would be justified, if this were the case.

Adam Piotuch
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I'm speculating that when EA says 'another download service' they're talking about Origin.

Matthew Mouras
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I'm surprised to hear myself say that I support Steam regardless of whether or not they are the bully in this circumstance. They have a great service that rewards players for paying for games - even if it is a form of DRM. Achievements, community, integrated store with frequent sales, patches, etc... They have a huge following and EA (or Crytek) is making a mistake by not agreeing to their terms. Steam has a demonstrated track record of caring about its customers, Origins doesn't.

Alan Wilson
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Just to be clear - as a company that releases titles through Steam, as well as through other digital outlets (D2D, OnLive) and in stores across the world - I'm not aware of any "new rules" for release through Steam and certainly not aware of any "rules" that state what you can release through what services. Steam has always been completely agnostic on that stuff - which is one of the key reasons for their success.



Given what we know of Valve and Steam, I'd have to say that someone at EA has, at best, got their wires very crossed and, at worst, is just trying to cause trouble.



For the record: yes, we're fans of Steam, as developers, as publishers and as gamers. But what EA are saying simply doesn't stack up. So - someone over at Valve HQ must have pulled the plug on Crysis II. The Big Question is "who issued the instruction to do it?" I'd love to see THAT email thread traced back to its source!

Matthew Mouras
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"Steam has always been completely agnostic on that stuff - which is one of the key reasons for their success."



Absolutely spot-on! Agreed on all your points. I'd love to know what actually happened.

James Castile
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I don't have any knowledge of business. But as a consumer, I'm disappointed.

I don't like GFWL and I don't buy anything on it if I have first hand knowledge of it being bundled. I don't want X amount of accounts to buy games. It's bad enough I need a CVS card, a Ralph's Card, a BestBuy card, etc...

In related news, Alice is still available on STEAM as I write this comment.


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