‘Valve restricts us from connecting directly with our own consumers’ — EA

Publisher EA has offered a fresh comment on why its DICE-developed Battlefield 3 won’t be appearing on Steam as it launches in October; the problem lies in the service’s insistence on playing the middle man on all fronts.

“The service limits our ability to deliver patches and downloadable content directly to players,” an EA spokesperson has said in a statement.

“No other download service has adopted these practices. At EA, supporting our players is a top priority, and we are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our own consumers.”

Those yearning for a downloadable version of the shooter can still find it through numerous digital retailers. EA put out a detailed list just yesterday.