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Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Brandon

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>Gamestop execs say no Battlefield 3 for Steam

>Well, the news only gets worse for the chances of Battlefield 3 coming to Steam. Today, Develop reports that Baird, a financial research firm, recently met with Gamestop’s management and was told directly that “Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam.”

As we reported last week, EA has already inadvertently released a list of digital retailers for Battlefield 3 that did not include Steam. Today’s news continues to solidify our fear that EA is purposefully withholding Battlefield 3 from Steam solely for competitive reasons. As usual, we, the customers, are the ones who ultimately lose out, as we are forced to fragment our game collection across multiple distribution platforms because these companies can’t get along.

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4 Responses to >Gamestop execs say no Battlefield 3 for Steam

  1. Unknown says:

    >For what it's worth, EA has gone on the record and stated that Crysis II was removed from Steam (and perhaps why future EA titles may not be available through steam) because EA requires that distribution services leave complete control and management over updates, patching, DLC, etc., in EA's hands, which apparently conflicts with Valve's terms. See http://www.ea.com/news/demar-at-ea-we-believe-in-choice.

    Of course, underlying all of this may be a desire to force users away from Steam towards EA's own Origin service, but they're at least telling people that they're offering most of their games to all of the major content provision services, including Steam.

  2. Dex says:

    >I already preordered my box from gamestop. I will just run it as a non steam game. TOR will be doing something similar =[

  3. CAMPlikeaCHAMP says:

    >will that work though? i thought that the only way to play BF3 is through the EA/Dice orgy network…

  4. GamerByt3 says:

    >Open steam, click on the steam add non-steam game, browse to BF3. You've now added BF3 to steam and can continue to use Steam with BF3 in much the same way you used Steam in BF2.

    I'm not too broken up about it tbh.

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