Dragon Age II was mysteriously missing from the Steam store after the release of Legacy, a content oriented DLC. Perhaps it was another ploy by EA, as they continue to build out and market their own digital distribution service, Origin. Today, EA officially commented that Dragon Age II was removed from Steam, because of their strict policies regarding downloadable content. Speaking with IGN, EA’s SVP of global e-commerce, David DeMartini, told IGN:
“At EA, we offer our games and content to all major download services including GameStop, Amazon, Direct2Drive and Steam.
“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam.”
It’s no secret something is up behind the scenes as Crysis 2 was pulled over similar issues and EA left steam off the list of digital retailers that would support Battlefield 3. EA is also making some of their titles digitally exclusive to Origin, such as thier popular Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
What do you guys think? Is Steam trying to monopolize the market, or is EA simply trying to make their service more of a commodity?