June 16, 2011

Crysis 2 Gone From Steam


Steam recent­ly removed Cry­sis 2 from it’s online store.  This is rather supris­ing con­sid­er­ing that Cry­sis 2 is one of it’s top sell­ing titles.  The game was appar­ent­ly removed a few days ago when some steam users who fre­quent the site real­ized that it was no longer avail­able for sale. 
EA released a state­ment say­ing ”
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.”
It’s inter­est­ing that Cry­sis 2 is also list­ed as an Ori­gin exclu­sive even though it is still avail­able on oth­er DD ser­vices.  Recent­ly EA has been push­ing their new Ori­gin ser­vice, Ori­gin, and for those of you who don’t know what that is it is a dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice just like steam.  Whats most inter­est­ing is that not all EA titles were removed from Steams cat­a­log, only Cry­sis 2 was removed from the Steam cat­a­log. 
Steam is by far the most pop­u­lar online dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion provider today.  With over 33 mil­lion accounts and ris­ing it has the largest user base and the largest num­ber of games cur­rent­ly avail­able for down­load.  It’s the biggest rival to EA’s new ori­gin ser­vice which has very few titles avail­able to it.
Con­trary to EA’s state­ment this seems like a ploy to pull users from it’s biggest com­pe­ti­tior over to it’s Ori­gin ser­vice.  Using it’s top title such as Cry­sis 2 gives cred­it to that the­o­ry.  It will be inter­est­ing to see what they do with the next 2 biggest releas­es Bat­tle­field 3 and Mass Effect 3.  I sus­pect these will be Ori­gin exclu­sives as well because of a “undis­closed” Steam pol­i­cy.  What do you guys think? Do you think remov­ing their title from Steam was a good busi­ness deci­sion or a bad one?

4 comments

  1. zero_19 - June 17, 2011 9:59 am

    Hon­est­ly I think this was kind of fool­ish of EA. If they plan on doing this with future titles they could hurt them­selves. You already have some­one that is doing the dis­tri­b­u­tion for you, why re-invent the wheel?
    I like steam, I like using steam to orga­nize my games, I don’t want to install anoth­er pro­gram to do that for me. Just does­n’t make good busi­ness sense.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - June 17, 2011 12:52 pm

    It’s fun­ny because the buzz about this paints EA as the sole rea­son that Cry­sis 2 was pulled from steam now I don’t know what the truth is but I agree with zero_19 in that this looks to be bad busi­ness if any­thing try to work with steam and not against pret­ty soon every dis­trib­u­tor will have it’s on DD ser­vice and we’ll all have to jump all over the net to get software…ugh
    maybe steam should sell them adver­tis­ing and link space so peo­ple can still get the game through one ser­vice?.…

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  3. IronJade - June 22, 2011 7:06 pm

    That’s the prob­lem, peo­ple are pissed at some steam poli­cies. For exam­ple, no trans­fer­ence of games from account to account. This is fine if you don’t want peo­ple get­ting VAC banned and hav­ing their games avail­able to a new “non banned” account. How­ev­er, if two accounts are not banned why then can we not “trade” or “gift” already pur­chased games? The soft­ware to use this is already there.… why can we not access it when­ev­er for what­ev­er we choose, we pur­chased the license to the games. They NEED com­pe­ti­tion to step their game up, this is how things get bet­ter.
    I hope how­ev­er this does not become a grow­ing trend as I hate these DD ser­vices when I just rather play a game as is rather then being forced through some third par­ty soft­ware like ijji and gpota­to use. This trend is becom­ing rather upset­ting.

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  4. ScrotusKilmystr - June 22, 2011 9:49 pm

    If I ever see some sort of over­lay­ing spam por­tal put on high end games like Bat­tle­field 3 forc­ing spam on me like gpota­to does then I think I would (Dare I say it) but quit PC gam­ing alto­geth­er

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