Why Two EA Games Were Pulled From Steam
Lesson of the day: don’t put in-game stores for DLC in your Steam games or feel Valve’s wrath. I guess they’re not as friendly as we all thought, though to be fair they’re being unfriendly to the gaming behemoth Electronic Arts. Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 were both removed from Steam some time ago because of their in-game store (presumably diverting around Valve’s coffers) because that breaks Steam’s Terms of Service. Both games are available on Origin (EA’s service).
But now Crysis 2: Maximum Edition is available on Steam after Crytek removed the redundant in-game store from the fully DLC laden game. A similar DLC filled version of Dragon Age 2 could be in the works from BioWare to get it back on the Steam market. Unfortunately this leaves gamers who want Dragon Age 2 to download immediately to use Origin. My suggestion: get a physical copy. Origin is bland and pointless, and EA’s servers are more than a little temperamental. That’s pretty much all that FIFA 12 has taught me.