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Crysis 2 Pulled From Steam, EA Explains
Filed under: CRYSIS 2, EA, STEAM, CRYTEK

EA's head of global e-commerce David DeMartini uncovers in a statement that Electronic Arts allows its titles to appear on any downloadable storefront, albeit there is a catch. The exec commented:

"... we take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content and other services to our players," and so insist on being allowed to "establish an ongoing relationship" with customers and contact them to inform them of new patches and available content.

"Unfortunately, if we're not allowed to manage this experience directly and establish a relationship with you, it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve," DeMartini said. "At present, there is only one download service that will not allow this relationship. This is not our choice, and unfortunately it is their customer base that is most impacted by this decision. We are working diligently to find a mutually agreeable solution."

Yes, speaking for all of us here I think... what the hell?


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Hamsterkill Jul 07 2011, 07:01 am EDT
That... sounds dumb.
AtomicViking Jul 07 2011, 07:58 am EDT
Whhaaaa... they shouldnt let this guy speak anymore to the public... ever...
gray fox Jul 07 2011, 10:26 am EDT
In other words.
Steam requires us to make patches so our games- work we (EA) don't want to do that so we're taking it off Steam so we never have to patch a game again.

(cough!)C&C the first decade anyone(COUGH!)
  LostPcGamer: EA just bundled the games together. They are under no…
gray fox: You're right, sticking a tag that says works with Win…
Nameinuse: Have you guys heard of Diablo2? There is a pretty lon…
LostPcGamer: Well that's blizzard not EA. Blizzard has billions to…
barasawa: Some companies not fixing bugs, even ones they've ack…
LostPcGamer: Let me repeat they only bundled the games. Most were …
Doomsday. Jul 07 2011, 10:53 am EDT
EA is launching their own digital download thingy known as ORIGIN!!! So that explains it!
Spyx Jul 07 2011, 12:21 pm EDT
funny how that was't a problem before origin.
  Cblue: Still hasn't been pulled from gamersgate tho.
LostPcGamer Jul 07 2011, 05:18 pm EDT
I'm not defending any side here people its just business. Steam has rules and what EA wants violates them. Its not the end of the world but at least there will be more competition for steam.

Steam doesn't want competition putting there own software in products they sell. Its a double standard. And for the record I'm not a EA hater or steam fanboy.
  Cheddar: Good post.
sheckey Jul 07 2011, 07:42 pm EDT
Personally I love Steam, but I understand why they want their own channel. I have to tell you though, I hate maintaining all these accounts. It really bums me out to have to have a Windows Live account, for example. Think of how many accounts you'll have to have an maintain, and then when one goes out of business down the road you don't have anything any more. Just think if music was the same way, and you had to have an account with each label to get music. I don't know what the right answer is.
Zenmuron Jul 08 2011, 11:19 am EDT
Man what a bunch of crap. That is clearly a big fat lie so they can put a triple A title on Origins at launch. Hooray more shit to have to maintain to play our games. I think I see some Skull & Bones flapping in the wind off in the distance.
  LostPcGamer: Really because competition is bad and steam has been …
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