Newell: Not “Just One Thing” Causing EA’s Rift with Steam


So, lately, some EA games have disappeared from Steam on the day that they’ve released new paid DLC for those games. What’s up with that? Well, it’s likely because of the way Valve monitors DLC purchases for games on Steam. Or maybe it’s not just that.

“I don’t think Valve can pick just one thing and think the issue would go away if we fixed that,” Gabe Newell told Develop.

“Companies have to earn the right to install content on their customers’ PCs on a regular basis. The same thing is true of Steam. We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it’s to EA or Ubisoft or whoever. We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do.”

So clearly Gabe thinks it’s possible for EA and Steam to reconcile. The question, then, is if they do reconcile, will they do so before Battlefield 3 comes out? I think that’s all anybody cares about.

In any case, I really don’t think this is going to work out. I mean, EA wants people to use Origin, right? What better way to suck them in than to force them to use it?

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