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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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