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.