EA confirms Dragon Age 2 DLC caused Steam removal

EA has issued a statement regarding the removal of Dragon Age 2 from Steam, confirming that it's due to "restrictive" DLC policies from Valve.

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EA has confirmed in a statement that Dragon Age 2 was pulled from Steam due to a conflict with Valve's new policy on downloadable content. We suspected as much yesterday when the story broke, but EA senior VP of global e-commerce David DeMartini puts the reasoning in no uncertain terms, even calling Steam's policies "restrictive."

At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam. Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam. We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam.

Left unsaid are the exact terms of Steam's new policy. As reported yesterday, the new terms seem to restrict games from being sold if their associated DLC can't be sold directly through Steam. Dragon Age 2 (and Crysis 2 before it) sold new content with BioWare Points, and were yanked from the service. The word "new" is important, because games can apparently use the same DLC distribution system and be grandfathered in, as long as they don't introduce any new downloadable content.

It's all a bit muddy at the moment, and it's good to know that EA is at least attempting to work out an agreement with Valve. In the meantime, fans will have to grab certain EA games elsewhere.

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    July 28, 2011 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, EA confirms Dragon Age 2 DLC caused Steam removal.

    EA has issued a statement regarding the removal of Dragon Age 2 from Steam, confirming that it's due to "restrictive" DLC policies from Valve.

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      July 28, 2011 9:21 AM

      The "restrictive" terms that steam have are probably to make it simple for everyone to buy DLC which is how it should be. I don't want to have to dig through other services just to buy DLC. I want it to be the simplest possible.

      Of course EA are a bitch about it. They don't want to use a service that they don't have complete control over it. They never really accepted any of the Xbox live restrictive terms either but Microsoft finally did what EA wanted after a few years of trying.

      I hope Valve stick to their policies and shows EA who's the boss in the PC industry.

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        July 28, 2011 10:16 AM

        Let me give this business all my money to spite this other business I don't like.

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          July 28, 2011 12:11 PM

          More correctly: let me only spend my money with a service I enjoy and support in hopes its continued success will illicit positive changes in a callus/greedy/dickish competitor.

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          July 28, 2011 1:02 PM

          What a stupid argument. I would like to buy games. I will buy them on the service I like, that works well, that treats the customer well.

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        July 28, 2011 11:11 AM

        the policy seems to be "if you want to make DLC, it has to be on our system" and if you want to make system-agnostic DLC (i.e. sold elsewhere but still workable on a game bought through steam) that's a no-go.

        that doesn't seem wrong for EA to opt out of.

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          July 28, 2011 1:15 PM

          Well the scenario I'd like to avoid is this:

          1. It's 2015 and I feel like firing up BioShock 2.
          2. I fire up Steam and re-download the game.
          3. Hey, looks like I can't get the DLC from Steam, I have to get it from GFWL where I had to go to buy it in the first place.
          4. No worries I'll just... hey, looks like GFWL died two years ago and all the servers went away. So I can't get my DLC downloaded anymore even though the rest of the game is available from Steam.

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            July 28, 2011 1:44 PM

            +1 for Truth

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            July 28, 2011 3:39 PM

            i think everyone wants to avoid that situation. taking a game i work on out of the equation and going back to generalities, i think all companies want to not die and all consumers want to access their content - and to a consumer, lumping it in the same system logically makes sense. that's not really what this problem between EA and Valve is really about. it seems to be about maximizing profit off DLC on both parts.

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            August 2, 2011 10:22 PM

            Same thing could happen to Steam. And now your entire digital collection is no longer available. So your point is moot. Steam's actions are not benign. They are money related. They want DLC transactions to go through their storefront, needlessly, so that they can take a cut out of the sale price. Why can't I just get DLC for my games through the in game system? Remove an entire step from the process.

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          July 28, 2011 3:23 PM

          I don't think that's not them terms they have. I think that if they make DLC they have to put them on sale on steam but nothing stops them to also sell it elsewhere. EA just doesn't want to put them on steam at all. It's their decision but I think it's a stupid one.

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            July 28, 2011 5:06 PM

            I don't think that the terms they have. I don't think that's not them terms they have

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          July 29, 2011 12:46 AM

          Valve's policy makes complete sense and IMO is great, both in terms of selling more DLC as well as providing a service that is actually really good for their customers. If you sell a game on Steam and the DLC is all listed and ready for purchase right there on the same page, the DLC is going to get far more exposure right from the start. People will be more likely to buy it, you can include it in Steam sales, you can throw up an ad for it on the front Steam store page, you have the option to click one button and automatically add all of it to your cart, etc. Compared to wading through a pile of clunky GFWL screens or dealing with the Bioware social community website and buying special "currency" or "points" or "coins" or whatever other incredibly mediocre-at-best third-party solutions are out there it's a wonderful setup that benefits everyone.

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            July 29, 2011 12:49 AM

            I guess TL;DR the fact that titles sold on Steam are now required to have at least one not-so-horseshit avenue of DLC purchasing is a good thing.

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          July 29, 2011 1:10 AM

          No one knows for sure. I'd gather that Valve wants it so that the DLC simply can be available on Steam, not that it must be on Steam.

          If that's true, I'm totally with Valve.

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        July 28, 2011 12:26 PM

        What does steamy dick taste like?

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          July 28, 2011 12:35 PM

          If Valve pushed a new DRM update through Steam that required the end-user to chug pud that extended out of the hole where our optical drives used to be, I'd be lined up in front of the 5.25 bay with my mouth open and throat relaxed.

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          July 28, 2011 3:24 PM

          What does your shit life with unnecessary comments feel like?

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      July 28, 2011 9:26 AM

      Sounds fine to me. I don't want to have to buy Disney Dollars in order to buy DLC.

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      July 28, 2011 9:26 AM

      EA is not trying to work it out there willing using this rule by steam as a reason to get them to drop there own games to make steam look like bad guys and to try and lure people to Origin.

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        July 28, 2011 9:27 AM

        yup, that's exactly it

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        July 28, 2011 9:31 AM

        Agreed, this is a cold war of EA versus Steam, and they're using in-game stores and loyalty clubs as an excuse.

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        July 28, 2011 9:44 AM

        While this is probably true, it really bugs me Valve has not said one word about it.

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          July 28, 2011 10:28 AM

          What is there to say? They got removed because they don't respect the agreement. Nothing more, nothing less.

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          August 4, 2011 4:17 AM

          Whatever they would release, it would always sound defensive and open more questions. Steam are being business smart discrete and EA just sounds like a bully (which they often are).

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        July 28, 2011 12:06 PM

        100% correct

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        July 28, 2011 1:05 PM

        That also lets them point the fingers to somebody else when they make their games Origin exclusive.

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        July 29, 2011 11:28 AM

        There games are on most other digital distributors without problems. Valve is the problem here.

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      July 28, 2011 9:36 AM

      I agree with EA in that they are not confined by any "law" that says they have to have their games on Steam other than at the altar of everyone's ease and instant gratification of having everything under one digital roof.

      A great example of a similar practice is from Apple who recently required all reader apps (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc) to remove in-app purchasing as well as buttons that lead out of the app into a browser for purchasing the content online. However the Apple iBook app still has these features. Apple requires a 30/70 profit split and they didn't like that they were missing out on the market share so they crippled the competition not with making a better reading app (the Apple version still doesn't even have a night reading mode) but hamstringing the very ease and instant gratification that the other apps offered.

      If what EA says is true, that Steam wants a piece of every sale hosted through its store, then I have no ill will toward EA for wanting to keep as much as their profits as they can. Is it really such a big deal to have a different digital store to go to? Heaven forbid we have to bookmark another site. It is a free country and you and I are free to shop from whomever we want.

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        July 28, 2011 9:41 AM

        One thing to consider from Valve's side.

        There's no question that the loss of Valve's cut of the DLC as a possible influence. But consider also from Valve's perspective, having DLC go through Steam means they are able to provide better support for future patches and DLC for the games they support because they can confirm what files the client has and the like. It makes it less a maintenance headache for Steam to deal with X configurations of a game maintained by Steam than to support the base game that may or may not have DLC added to it bought from a different store.

        And as to the overall solution, if it is just money, it would seem that EA simply needs to be able to sell Steam redemption codes to reap in the larger benefit (CAVEAT: I have no idea if Valve collects anything off redeemed codes or not).

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        July 28, 2011 12:01 PM

        Honestly, the problem I have with EA at this point is the way they make you buy dlc with points and don't let you put more than one item in a "cart" which seems like pretty fucking basic functionality in 2011.

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      July 28, 2011 9:41 AM

      I doubt those rules are new. In fact, I doubt anything EA says, especially since lately they're pushing Origin so much (kind of a historic name to muddle, BTW).

      I'm not putting my games in EA's hands, and that's it. Period.

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        July 28, 2011 9:49 AM

        These problems started with Crysis 2 immediately after Steam introduced the Free to Play model for Steam. It's not inconceivable that Steam changed the terms for sales of DLC to capture some of the revenue for in game sales since on f2p games, that is literally all of the revenue.

        I suspect that's what the core of all this is. There was a change for F2P, and it's gotten EA all crossed up.

        However, I think Dirt 3 has launched some GFWL DLC recently. Not sure how it's not effected if all of what I said above and in the piece is true.

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      July 28, 2011 9:48 AM

      haha, such a vague and bullshit excuse.

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      July 28, 2011 9:49 AM

      restrictive DLC policies my fucking ass. who is making this shit up at EA ??????

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        July 28, 2011 9:52 AM

        isn't it kind of funny we cheer for Valve's enforcement of this while we meet apple with disdain for a similar ruling on their ios app store?

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          July 28, 2011 10:00 AM

          The reason is two-fold:
          #1: Every move Valve has ever made with Steam has been to enhance the experience of PC gamers. This move is to make sure that all DLC is compatible with the Steam release, and comes out at the same time on the Steam platform.
          #2: We've been burned by EA before with DLC. There are a few of us who cannot get the Crysis 2 DLC to work with the Steam version of the game because of issues with it. In addition, A number of us have had huge issues with EA DLC and support in the past.

          So we will root for Valve because we have never see them make an anti-consumer move, and they make an active effort to enhance the platform. They even give out middlewear for free (Steamworks) to make game development on the PC easier.

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            July 28, 2011 10:19 AM

            What are the Crysis 2 issues?

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              July 28, 2011 10:26 AM

              It has to do with the mycrisis account not being tied properly to the EA account and the Crysis/gamespy account. We have a shacker here who's been trying to get his DLC working for days because of it.

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            July 28, 2011 11:14 AM

            I'm tagging this for future reference.

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            July 28, 2011 11:15 AM

            i love valve and i applaud what they are doing and i think they are a great company for advocating for consumers. but what they are doing is not only for a good consumer experience: it's to make sure that in the world where DLC and microtransactions are growing rapidly, they get a cut so they don't just sell the base game and then see nothing from subsequent transactions. they are smart and have made a good storefront, but that base concept is the same as apple's. apple just has a less good storefront.

            while some people may like buying everything through steam, some others might want the choice to buy elsewhere, and in the eyes of a company like EA, i see them wanting to make it go through their store for maximum control and profit which is exactly the same desire valve has. just EA is the owner of the product and valve is in this case the reseller/distributor.

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              July 28, 2011 11:19 AM

              That's making a big assumption. Valve does not have a problem with DLC bought from other stores. Dirt 3 has released DLC post the start of all this that is exclusive, and they're still on Steam.

              It's something else.

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                July 28, 2011 11:23 AM

                My supposition before is that the DLC is not compatible with the Steam version, much how EA releases patches that are incompatible to intentionally give them exclusive access to fixes and make the other stores look bad.

                They did this with NFS: Hot Pursuit. The patch that went up was designed not to work with non-Origin/Retail versions. It took them a whole 3 weeks to release this magical update for Steam.

                Fixing it involved changing a single line in a text file. I am impressed it took EA 3 weeks to solve this 'issue.'

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                  July 28, 2011 11:27 AM

                  Here we are. The version.txt file.
                  Steam version: "1.0.1.0s"

                  If you changed it to 1.0.1.0 it would let you use the retail patch. The 'steam update' took 3 weeks. Meanwhile Steam users could not play with retail/Origin NFS users.

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              July 28, 2011 11:20 AM

              This would be a valid take if you could buy the DLC from the Origin store or if there was some way for all this EA DLC to be tied into one account, rather than separate accounts and merchants for each little transaction.

              I really wish I was having my DLC transaction problems with a 2K game because you guys would actually try and help me. EA's solution is "Fuck You. Buy another copy of the base game on Origin".

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                July 28, 2011 11:27 AM

                well thanks for the compliment - and again, i'm not advocating anyone's store. i haven't used Origin and i hated their last implementation. i just understand the battle that's going on and while i love valve and don't think what they are doing is evil, i also don't think people should think that EA is trying to fuck people because this happened (or are lying here).

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                  July 28, 2011 11:28 AM

                  I post above an example of exactly that: EA intentionally screwing over non-Origin/Retail customers.

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                    July 28, 2011 11:35 AM

                    i'm not sure exactly what you are pointing to.

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                        July 28, 2011 12:01 PM

                        i honestly don't know enough of that backstory to know whether what you are saying is completely true. from where i stand and how i know patches work at my company, i really think it's implausible they would do something so blatantly terrible for the consumer that is so easily found out. but it's EA, so you never know - i can't take a stance on it - but unless i knew more than what you posted, i can't say i believe you because i also know that gamers often think things are true and fucking them over on purpose when in fact they aren't and sadly because of the way the industry is, a full explanation to a consumer isn't possible.

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                          July 28, 2011 12:19 PM

                          I posted a full summary below (a reply to your first in this thread) which includes the patch time frame. You can still see the various different versions of the patches up on the NFS site: http://www.needforspeed.com/downloads

                          A record of the history of this is here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1722641.html - I was involved in all this, so I remember it distinctly.

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                            July 28, 2011 3:40 PM

                            i'll check this out later tonight when i have time - thanks for the link. again, i don't know the full story and sometimes even internet sleuths come up with hilariously wrong situations and companies don't respond. that being said, i'm not a fan of EA's practices, so i would never say you are wrong!

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              July 28, 2011 11:31 AM

              The issue with your post however is steam does not require them to be the SOLE retailer for the DLC, they just require it to also be available through their platform.

              I doubt its so much getting a cut of the profits as covering their ass from cases like the bad company 2 where they got hit hard, and EA just laughed.

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                July 28, 2011 11:34 AM

                sorry, i didn't mean they required exclusivity. they don't do that. i know they want to provide it and if you don't want to provide it through their system, they won't even sell your base game. that's not actually in the consumer's best interest. better to allow as much as possible (ideally) and then let the consumers advocate for more content on your system.

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                  July 29, 2011 1:15 AM

                  To me, it seems that they want to ensure that you're able to get the same experience on their platform as on other platforms.

                  That's not unreasonable and I think it's a must if they want to have a storefront with integrity.

                  They stopped offering Dawn of Discovery because Ubi wouldn't patch the Steam version of the game, too.

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              July 28, 2011 11:51 AM

              Sorry, let me restart the issue at hand and the evidence:

              History: DA2 is pulled from Steam after release of new DLC. EA says this is part of a new 'agreement' with Steam.

              It is assumed this is the result of a new 'Must sell in Steam' policy; however, DIRt3, which was released post DA2, releases DLC on an exclusive store, Game For Windows Live, and not sold in Steam. This occurred after the new 'agreement' with the most recent DLC coming this week. - Therefore: There is evidence that there is no 'must sell DLC in Steam.' policy.

              Loiosh's supposition: Steam's deal is actually that DLC be Steam-version compatible, or land day-and-date on Steam and other platforms.

              Evidence: EA previously released Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit free DLC which was (intentionally or not) delayed to non-Origin/Retail versions. They did this by not sending the patch information to the other digital stores and placing a version check (version.txt) in the Retail patcher. It was demonstrated this patch was compatible with Steam and D2D versions of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit by modifying the version.txt file.

              Incidentally, this patch/free DLC prevented Steam and D2D users from playing with Retail/Origin customers until the patch was released on Steam. The Retail patch was released Jan 19th, The Steam/D2D version was released Feb 1st, 13 days later.

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                July 28, 2011 11:54 AM

                The Sims 3 and Dirt 3 are notable examples of conduct where DLC is offered outside of Steam and has been updated, and yet are not pulled from Steam.

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                  July 28, 2011 11:57 AM

                  What do you think about my hypothesis that this is a DLC must work on all versions?

                  I'm trying to think of other causes and coming up blank.

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                    July 28, 2011 12:03 PM

                    Not a damn clue. It's obvious this problem is much more complex than we anticipated, since EA has a bunch of different games which do DLC differently and are affected differently. I think, based on some stuff I've been hearing, that they do NOT want to segment the market and do want their products back on Steam.

                    Speaking candidly for a moment, my prediction is that 1) something will probably happen where EA makes an agreement to do future DLC in a way that ends up being better for them in the long run, and 2) Valve changes their terms of service to only apply to F2P games (or something that more tightly controls these corner cases), and 3) things go back to normal.

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          July 28, 2011 10:01 AM

          Yeah, in this particular case I'm not sure I support Valve or EA on this decision, however, I dislike EA probably about as much as I like Valve so that biases things a bit.

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            July 28, 2011 10:05 AM

            I 100% Valve in this.

            If a policy like this means that you are guaranteed 100% DLC compatibility with a game purchased on steam then in the long run that is a good thing. EA DLC has a history of not working with steam versions when purchased outside of steam which cost Valve money due to returns, support, and potentially lost sales from customers int he future who had a bad experience with a purchase on steam.

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              July 28, 2011 10:31 AM

              If it's an issue with making sure that DLC works then I can't fault Valve for it, if it's a money grab from free-to-play games then I have issue. Sounds more like the former than the latter though.

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          July 28, 2011 10:10 AM

          You can buy most games on Steam elsewhere. iOS apps can only be bought from the App Store unless you jailbreak. With Steam, you have alternative stores to go to. Big difference.

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          July 28, 2011 10:30 AM

          To be fair. Apples change in terms only benifits them.

          Only Apple wins in that situation. In Valve's situation the customer stands to win something along with most likely Valve. If the DLC is listed with the game it means you don't have to jump through yet another hoop to buy it. You don't have to go to Bioware's website. Navigate their crummy layout, and then buy fake money to get a digital item.

          I'll also point out that you can still get that content from elsewhere if you still want it, unlike with Apple if it's not on their app store you're just SOL.

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            July 28, 2011 4:11 PM

            Apple's change benefits customers too. It ensures secure payments, and provides a more consistent experience. If you upgrade to a newer iPhone, for example, you'll easily be able to access your new content, something that may not be the case if content is purchased outside of the Apple store.

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          July 28, 2011 10:31 AM

          AFAIK, Valve still let them the choice to sell their dlc out of the steam platform. They just require that's it's also on sold through the steam store.

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          July 28, 2011 10:37 AM

          This is a valid point, assuming we understand the conflict.

          I love Steam and Valve, but _IF_ its a case of "You must also offer any added DLC for purchase through our storefront for the same price you offer it on other services." then I can see why EA isn't too keen on it.

          _IF_ that is the case, the trouble is then issue is not cut & dry. Say you buy Dragon Age 2 on Steam. Say EA restricts DLC purchases through Origin only. Suddenly Steam is in the position of hosting content delivery for EA -- OR -- Steam no longer provides one of its major benefits: keeping your game up-to-date automatically.

          Both companies have a valid stances with the conflict.

          Regardless, as a customer I'm annoyed with EA because I prefer to use Steam.

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            July 28, 2011 11:07 AM

            I wish EA offered their "exclusive" DLC through Origin. That way I could have all my EA DLC in one place and not have to make an account and give my CC to 8 different merchants. The truth is, EA is selling off exclusive DLC deals to the highest bidder. It is a money-grab and a fuckjob given to consumers. Just like my previously mentioned issues with the Crysis 2 DLC. Why on earth do I need a separate account and login (to buy DLC) for a game I already had to make a new account for at purchase? It is fucking stupid. If EA would let me sign into Origin and buy DLC for these games with an EA account, that would be reasonable and there would really be no reason for all the whining going on around here.

            People are pissed because, like always, EA will say one thing but do the total opposite. Don't feed us the "We are making things easier for the customers" bullshit. Show us you mean it.

            People are giving EA money and EA is treating them like that dirty old bum that everyone ignores on the way to work. On the flip side, if you just pirate all this shit, everything works great and can be acquired in one place and works with no restrictions or multiple logins. Valve is the only major player that seems understand that their customer base is not a pack of mouth breathers. I can't understand how anyone can come to the conclusion that Valve is being the bad guy on this. Yes, they are in the business of making money, but they make their money by giving the customers what they want. They understand that every new barrier or restriction they put in the customers' path is just another way for a transaction to be lost.

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            July 28, 2011 11:13 AM

            According to the wording we've seen, it's not, it's just a case of Valve saying "You have to give them the opportunity to buy through Steam as well," and EA's saying "Add specific Steam keys that players could add to the EA sites and let people download the DLC installers through your service? What consumer-friendly, tiny-amount-of-work-adding madness! You get out of here, you crazy people you, while we milk one near-libelous perspective on this for all it's worth."

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        July 28, 2011 11:09 AM

        If they were literally making it up, don't you think Valve would come forward and say it's incorrect?

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          July 28, 2011 11:23 AM

          Yah if this was all EA, I'm sure Valve would make a statement on this. But they have been very tight lipped the EA issue.

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            July 28, 2011 11:25 AM

            Valve has nothing to gain by opening their mouths. The first rule of business/bootycalls/fight club is "Don't say anything about it - Shut Your Mouth"

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              July 28, 2011 11:27 AM

              if someone lies about what your did and casts your new policy in a bad light in a way that is not truthful, speaking up is smart.

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                July 28, 2011 11:39 AM

                I would assume that Valve has had meetings with EA about resolving this and would very much like to offer the EA catalog through Steam. Saying anything that is or may be seen as negative towards EA publicly would not be in Valve's best interest. They don't need EA to survive, but there is no reason to burn the bridge when you don't need to.

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                  July 28, 2011 12:00 PM

                  i don't think anyone is entirely bad or good in this situation. it's just business. and their business needs are competing with each other. valve is the one who distributes, so they get to dictate what goes down on that platform.

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                July 28, 2011 3:10 PM

                All ToS are "restrictive", so what is there to deny? EA has been pretty vague. They've only said the ToS is restrictive in regards to the way DLC is sold. Pretty much everything in a ToS contract is restrictive, so that doesn't really tell us anything other than it involves DLC sales.

                The fact that EA won't specifically say what the issue is, makes me think the ToS is not unreasonable. Coupled with the timing of the Origin launch, it makes me doubt EA is being forthright, however we won't know for sure until they say exactly what the specific issue is.

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                  July 28, 2011 3:37 PM

                  i think that's an illogical conclusion but i see it from the standpoint of a person who knows how secretive companies can be, even when there's a clear explanation.

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      July 28, 2011 9:53 AM

      Well, fuck yeah! I'm sick if the Bioware bucks too! I applaud Steam for standing up to this. Those MS points can go fuck off too!

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        July 28, 2011 9:56 AM

        I actually wonder if this does have anything to do wiht "points currency" instead of just real dollars. Bioshock 2's Minerva's den came out recently and did not boot Bioshock 2 from steam, yet is only available through GFWL so I don't think exclusive DLC is the entire story.

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          July 28, 2011 10:01 AM

          Bioshock 2 is grandfathered in because it was on steam before the new ToS.

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            July 28, 2011 11:27 AM

            Apparently so was DA2.

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              July 28, 2011 5:07 PM

              Isn't it about the new DLC that just got released.

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                July 28, 2011 6:05 PM

                Minerva's Den came out only a few months ago for PC. When did this new TOS take effect?

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      July 28, 2011 9:56 AM

      why can't they just let their customers know by posting a notice on the steam page for the game saying, hey the DLC is only bought through an external developer site instead of valve pushing this... oh they want the money from the 10 dollar DLC purchase. they're basically forcing EA to have a separate version of the game just for steam if they want to do DLC.

      oh but, valve goggles. FUCK YOU EA YOU FUCKING FUCKS! I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR SHUTTING DOWN _____ STUDIOS in 199_!

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        July 28, 2011 3:02 PM

        this does not seem to be accurate. The issue seems to be that DLC purchased elsewhere must work in the Steam version of a game. See Loiosh's subthread above. And I will never forgive them for shutting down Studios]s}r X in 199_. That fades though when they are being asses right now

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        July 28, 2011 5:44 PM

        How can I get Valve goggles as a hat for Team Fortress 2?

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          July 28, 2011 11:05 PM

          Well there's the Planeswalker Goggles that was a pre-order/1st week sales incentive for Magic: the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. >_>

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      July 28, 2011 9:56 AM

      I bet it's that Steam is like: "You must also offer your DLC on Steam," and EA is like: "NUH-UH!!!"

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      July 28, 2011 9:57 AM

      I don't get why Valve just doesn't set the record straight so we can quit with this already.

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      July 28, 2011 9:59 AM

      EA is wants to control the accounts, so they can determine who has bought what DLC. They can identify the ones that buy DLC no matter what, and raise the price for them, because they will pay it anyway.

      Totally unfounded speculation

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        July 28, 2011 3:33 PM

        Can't they just find that out when you register your DLC code you get, like I did with BC2? I have to log into their EA account thing before I can play the game, they know what DLC I have!

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      July 28, 2011 10:38 AM

      so did this remove it from steam if you already bought it?

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        July 28, 2011 12:56 PM

        Nope. Like all (that I'm aware of) previous games that were once available but were removed either because of licenses ending or policy violations, users that had already purchased the game still get the product they paid for.

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      July 28, 2011 10:44 AM

      I could not for the life of me figure out how to buy the Crysis 2 DLC. I spent an hour or two one night trying to find it and I couldn't. I kept finding links to announcements about the DLC, but nowhere was there a place to buy it that I could find. I never had trouble buying DLC for Mass Effect 2 (I bought all of it) or Dragon Age: Origins (i bought a lot of it) but somewhere along the way EA decided to make it complicated to find and I gave up trying before I could give them my money. If this is what Valve is trying to help fix, I am all for it.

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        July 28, 2011 11:12 AM

        It's hard to find because you have to buy it from Gamespy. I only know this from going through the same bullshit as you. You would think that somewhere on any of the 300 different pages of marketing on the EA and Crysis websites, they would give you a link or explain how to acquire the DLC. Just make sure you have some new passwords and shit ready, because you'll need an EA account, a Crysis 2 account, and a MyCrysis.com account to successfully buy the stupid shit.

        Congrats EA! I looked forward to your press release whining about how PC gamers don't buy DLC like the console counterparts, so all future Crysis games are console-only.

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          July 28, 2011 4:12 PM

          hahaha so EA prefers GAMESPY to Steam? what a fucking joke.

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      July 28, 2011 11:09 AM

      I was going to get this game eventually, but I can live without it. Plenty of shit to play.

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      July 28, 2011 11:47 AM

      In favor of Valve, compare finding DLC for a steamworks game with finding the DLC for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age. The former is absurdly easy, the latter is an enormous pain in the ass.

      I couldn't find any DLC link on the EA store page for those games (last checked a few weeks ago). To download Mass Effect 2 DLC, I had to navigate through several sub menus on the BioWare community site. The DLC link there brought me to a storefront without my DLC listed, even though I was logged in on my account. I finally find the DLC I owned in a page called "User_Entitlements". That page was simply a named list of the DLC's with download links next to each one. There were like 6 of them, so I had to download 6 separate installers. I'm not making this up. I'll have to do this any time I need to reinstall ME2.

      The DLC storefront is just as bad. The preview pictures they have for what you are getting are hilariously small thumbnails that don't show off anything, and only include tiny fluff summaries of what the DLC includes.

      To compare that with a Steam-compliant game, like Killing Floor, all DLC is automatically downloaded and installed for the game. It's all a seamless part of the installation process.

      TLDR: All my past DLC experiences with EA have been a sad joke, whereas with Steam it has been perfect.

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        July 28, 2011 1:04 PM

        Yeah, this is the same thing I was thinking. It's probably a Best Practices thing from Valve, if such a thing exists yet in the video game e-commerce world, and my experiences echo yours.

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          July 28, 2011 1:17 PM

          It's like XBL. Microsoft has rules about content delivery to ensure that it isn't the wild west for the casual consumer. EA has had a major problem with this approach for years. They whined and bitched about Live for years before they got Microsoft to cave to their demands back in '04. EA wanted total control and mostly got what they wanted. They shut down their own servers regularly and are always mucking things up for the folks who buy their products.

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      July 28, 2011 1:06 PM

      I just love how EA says "We offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam." and yet the way they handle the selling the DLC for their games (which last I checked counts as "content") is "You can only buy it from us and if you don't like it, tough."

      That not contradictory at all!

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      July 28, 2011 1:43 PM

      Well, as long as they release the GotY edition on Steam, I'll be happy.

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      July 28, 2011 3:42 PM

      The amount of people in the comments ass-licking Valve is amazing.

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        July 28, 2011 4:06 PM

        The amount of naive people who somehow still trust EA reminds me of battered wife syndrome.

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          July 28, 2011 4:14 PM

          it's a company. stop anthropomorphizing it.

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            July 28, 2011 4:18 PM

            If companies can get the same legal protections as a person, I am allowed to treat them like a person.

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              July 28, 2011 4:22 PM

              For the past 20 years or more companies have been getting far greater legal protection than a person if we're being honest.

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            July 28, 2011 4:20 PM

            Not going to lie, I had to google "anthropomorphizing".

            However I basically trust EA to do nothing right by me. Their entire modus operandi in recent history is to making decisions the effectively fuck over most consumers in an effort to squeeze a few more pennies out of those very same consumers.

            They have some good games on the horizon so I really hope they don't keep fucking things up, but I find it quite difficult to support any of their decisions, especially regarding Steam currently. It took Steam years to become a good service and Valve already had a good track record when that started.

            EA, on the other hand, has an atrocious track record and are going out of their way to force Origin down consumers throats. Maybe the service will end up being good, god knows EA has the resources to deliver, I simply don't trust them to do so.

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              July 28, 2011 4:26 PM

              This is the shit that really gets me, it's like nobody remembers the last 20 years of gaming? Or we are so ingrained that we are supposed to think companies only exist to treat their customers and employees like shit?

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                July 28, 2011 5:06 PM

                EA has a lot of quality games under it's belt if you only look at the surface.

                When you look a bit deeper, all of those quality games were already well into production before EA bought the company, and any following sequels tended to be completely different. Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age 2 are perfect examples of this. While the combat in ME2 was fun, it was about the only good thing in there. The "story" was terrible, there wasn't nearly as much background in the codex, and I won't even get started on Dragon Age 2.

                EA does not do good things for companies. They buy them out, squeeze them dry, and then sell off their remaining assets and drop them.

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            July 28, 2011 5:41 PM

            You must have hated reading Shakespeare in high school dahanese. It's pretty natural to describe things in human terms. It's where a lot of great word play and imagery comes from.

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            July 29, 2011 12:11 AM

            i like how battered wife syndrome is a new shack thing to compare stuff to. ive been seeing it a lot lately

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            July 29, 2011 12:39 AM

            companies have personalities, if you define 'personality' as a set of predispositions to certain irrational behaviours. Anthropomorphizing them makes sense from a human perspective. Or are you claiming that a company's past behaviour has no bearing whatsoever on you expectations for their future behaviour?

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              July 29, 2011 1:19 AM

              Yeah, I agree with this. The fact that it's a "company" doesn't exclude us from making hypotheses about what is going on.

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        July 29, 2011 11:35 AM

        I agree. Valve is very controlling and restrictive about who is allowed to use their service. Its their right, but it will hurt them in the end.
        You don't need to buy a game on steam in order to use steam services for showing your friends you are playing a non-steam game, and using it as a vent server basically.

        If they think that I'm not going to buy ME3, BF3, they have another thing coming, and its their loss.

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          July 29, 2011 4:10 PM

          Valve is very controlling and restrictive about who is allowed to use their service
          Do you have anything at all to back that up? Do you work in gaming? Ever had to get a game on steam? It's pretty much painless at worst and at best they are willing to help you a bunch.

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      July 28, 2011 11:24 PM

      Man Valve and Origin topics are starting to reach Sony vs MS, KB/Mouse vs Controller, Coke vs Pepsi levels of full fag retard.

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        July 28, 2011 11:54 PM

        Atari vs Commodore! Amiga vs PC! Batman vs Superman!
        Human history is built on such conflicts.

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      August 4, 2011 4:10 AM

      Dragon Age: Origins DLCs are handled the same way or am I missing something?