Store Wars: Battlefield 3 Officially Skipping Steam, Valve's Terms of Service to Blame

Maximum PC Staff

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you just know something's about to go horribly wrong? Like when someone says “This can't possibly go wrong!” or “Let's buy iPhones”? Well, that's how we felt when EA and Valve started taking their toothbrushes back from each others' houses. Obviously, Battlefield 3 wasn't going to benefit from the divorce. And so, predictably – but no less regrettably – here we are.

“Gamers can pre-order Battlefield 3 at as well as over 100 digital retailers worldwide. EA offers games to all major download services. Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices,” the publisher wrote on its official forums .

Valve's terms of service, of course, prohibit games from passing out piping hot DLC through any means other than Steam proper. EA, obviously, isn't OK with this. The mega-publisher is, however, willing to compromise.

“We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers. We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers,” EA concluded.

Until Valve decides it's also willing to play ball, though, it seems Battlefield 3 will go the way of Crysis 2 and Dragon Age II. Hey everyone, remember when we just played videogames? Yeah, us neither.

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