[Update] EA Pulling Games From Steam To Promote “Origin” Digital Storefront?

  • June 15, 2011 10:11 am

It never ceases to amaze us just how backwards-thinking company executives and marketing people can really be. Usually when we talk of such complete technological incompetence we’re dealing with the music/movie industry. Today, however, it is EA with news of Crysis 2 being pulled from the highly popular Steam digital storefront in order to promote EA’s own digital storefront, Origin.

On the surface, it may seem like a good idea to remove the competition by permanently restricting the the sale of your games, or at the very least employing an exclusive period. But in the grander scheme of things it’s a disappointing oversight…

For starters, Steam earned their popularity by providing a vast library of games. Add to that the ability to re-download purchased content to multiple computers as well as frequently occurring sales and you’ve got the receipt for success.

EA has officially acknowledged the recent removal of Crysis 2 from Steam nor have they mentioned anything regarding exclusive periods and/or the permanent ban of EA games on other digital storefronts. Though it’s worth noting that EA’s upcoming Alice: Madness Returns is listed as “Origin exclusive” until June 17th. Is this a sign for all of EA’s future game releases?

What’s most disappointing and downright maddening, however, is EA’s continuing pricing layout — there is absolutely no reason to charge for a digital game the same price you’d pay for the box copy. The former doesn’t have any shipping, packing, or revenue sharing fees. It’s EA being a bunch of greedy *insert colorful language here* and pocketing the much higher profit margin instead of passing the cost savings to the people that really deserve it most — gamers.

In the end it is you the consumer who can voice your disapproval. Don’t like EA’s policies? Don’t buy their games from Origin and wait until they hit Steam (if they hit Steam). What EA fails to realize is that as long as Steam is popular, EA (and all involved game developers/publishers) will make money. Greed at its finest.

EA is said to be making a public statement regarding the matter later today. Stay tuned…

Update

EA has officially responded.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Via: Geek.com


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