EA Says It Was Valve Who 'Expelled' Crysis 2 From Steam

EA and Crytek's Crysis 2 was available on Valve's Steam service until this week. Now it's available "only on Origin", Electronic Arts' new digital store (and a few others, actually). Despite the change and conjecture about the motivations behind it, EA says it was not behind the decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam.

Instead, EA reps tell Kotaku that it was Steam's "business terms" that resulted in Crysis 2 being removed from Valve's platform.

"It's unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis II from their service," reads a statement from the publisher. "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 Origin.com."

Kotaku has contacted Valve seeking clarification on Steam's business terms and the future availability of EA games through Steam.


    Well, shit. Valve instituting new sales rules to make sure that they and only they monopolise the market with their region-specific pricing?

    Come on, Gabean Defence Force - let's see you lap this up.

      Constricting rules to ensure platform control and market monopolistic power - could it be that Steam has acutally been Apple's AppStore in disguise all along? Is Gabe Newell simply Steve Jobs in a fat suit or after a temporary beesting-related allergic reaction? They're never seen in the same room, after all...

      All of Origin content is regionally priced. And region price discrimination is up to the publisher not Valve.

      Just wanted to clear that up.

      Um fact is that Origin is more expensive to australians :(

      The prices as they were

      US steam 60
      AU steam 70
      AU Origin 80

    After all that bitching and slagging off at EA yesterday and now it turns out that valve was the big bad wolf...

    I think some people owe EA an apology...

      Well I guess it's Kotaku which owes EA the apology, since the original story was reported as EA pulling the game from Steam, not Valve kicking it out.

      Come on, Mr Serrels - start grovelling!


      I'm not sure why you're blaming Valve here, since given the quoted information Crytek is at fault by violating their prior agreement with Valve regarding selling Crysis 2 over Steam.

      Sure, Valve's agreement with Crytek sounds like it does contain some unnecessarily restrictive conditions, but then again Crytek presumably had no problem with those conditions when it initially agreed to sell Crysis 2 over Steam.

    I think we need more information here, something is very fishy...... Look at all the other EA games what makes Crysis 2 (and Alice) so special? It's no different to say Mass Effect 2 in terms of availability, If you look at games like The Witcher 2 and it being available DRM free on gog.com, you've got to think what on earth they would be doing, with these games specifically, to have them expelled?

    I bet they wanted to release exclusive DLC on Origin and Valve didn't want to let exclusives remain available to a single service.

    Either way I will not be buying a single game from Origin.

      You do know that almost all EA games have had their DLC on their own marketplace before anyway. Mass Effect had pinnacle station only on EA Download and it's still up on steam, same goes for Mass Effect 2 and plenty of other EA games. BC2 seemed to be an exception to this rule with vietnam however...

    This doesn't change my opinion from the last article. Steam was cheaper (As Bajo from ABC's Good Game pointed out on Twitter: Steam $69 - EA $80). So what if new rules are in place? For the first time in our greed fueled existence, a company had united a lot of AAA to Indy companies under one system that ended up being cheaper for the consumer. EA removed themselves from that market and increased their prices. Don't be fooled by EA's spin tactics and look at the difference with your own eyes for once

    I'd say it would be contractual trickery by EA to put Valve in a position where it would have been best to drop Crysis 2 from their store.

    Most likely, Crytek signed an agreement with EA's Origin service (EA would have sweetened the pot as well) giving them exclusive rights to things whether it be DLC or whatever and Valve's conditions would have been for developers to not give other services exclusivity on anything.

    Well that's my guess...

    I'm betting it was something like "... no, you can't set steam prices higher than your own mandatory service. Do you think we're stupid?" or similar, which is technically steams fault but still not really steams fault. It's like blaming someone for breaking your arm while pulling you out of the path of a train.

    Yeah, I'm seeing a lot of weasel-wording here... be interesting to see what the clauses were that led to this.

      Agreed. I'm trying to get an interview to clear things up. Stay tuned.

        If you interview Gabe, finish it with a question about Half-Life Episode 3. I'm sure he's never heard that one before, he'd probably love it.

        Remember, accuse them of Lying first to see what evidence you need... then if you don't have it go ahead and Doubt them...

        Going right for the Doubt sometimes results in yelling and outrageous accusations of murder and child molestation... and we don't wanna go there. At least not until you get more dirt on 'em...

      My thoughts exactly, weasel words! Way to "explain" the situation without explaining anything at all.

      Here's hoping it's just a tactic to get some leverage and it's coming back to Steam.


    I hope I can still download Crysis 2 from Steam since I already own it.

      I'd like to know how that will be handled too.

    Interested in this story. Giving Valve the benefit of the doubt because its usually the publisher screwing me over and not steam itself .

    Seems like Valve isn't the one at fault here to me it's crytek or EA.

    If valve had made these changes and taken issue, one would think that a bunch of other games would have vamoosed as well.

    I'd say something to do with pricing disparity yet again.

    I would put money that the 'terms' that forced Crysis 2 from steam where the terms that would cost EA money.

    Steam loses money by removing a AAA title from its store. EA (the publisher), gains money from having it on its store.

    strange how its also only EA games that seem to be affected by these "new terms" too???

    Sigh and I really wanted to play Alice :(

    Something I found that's rather... shall we say "interesting" about the Origin terms of Service.




    Make of it what you will...

      this has been the case with the EA online store(s) for some time. only 1 year of access to the stuff you buy online, glhf if you forget to backup before the 1 year is up

      were you checking to ensure that you wouldn't be made into a EA Zombie slave :P

    Why is it that I have the suspicion that EA pulled something so that they deliberately messed up the agreement.

    Who am i gonna trust here. The company which looks out for gamers, giving us great deals,great games and doesn't burn franchises to the ground or give it to the company that does

    Yeah I'm gonna think EA pulled some bullshit here to avoid looking like the bad guy

      totally agree here - surely Valve deserves the benefit of the doubt here....

    Does this mean future Crysis 2 patches won't have a Steam release? Or will Crysis 2 and its content still be downloadable through Steam to people who already own it?

    Without more details there's no way to know what's going on... if what EA is saying is true then I can't imagine why any other widely-available games are on Steam. To me the available evidence doesn't quite fit the story...

    ""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.""

    This is suspiciously vague. One of these terms could be that Australian prices are in line with US prices, but EA wants to charge Australians more, like they do on Origin.com.

    Yeah I won't be buying from Origin. I would use bit torrent before I use that.

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