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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?

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