The past few months have seen a select few EA-published titles disappear from popular digital download service, Steam. The Valve-owned service has removed such games as Crysis 2 and Dragon Age II after issues with DLC distribution that could potentially allow EA to avoid paying a revenue share to Valve.
All that drama can’t have been good for the two company’s relationship, thus Valve boss Gabe Newell would like to invite the publisher back to the service.
“I don’t think Valve can pick just one thing and think the issue would go away if we fixed that,” Newell told Develop.
“We have to show EA it’s a smart decision to have EA games on Steam, and we’re going to try to show them that.”
He later added: “Companies have to earn the right to install content on their customers’ PCs on a regular basis.
“The same thing is true of Steam. We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it’s to EA or Ubisoft or whoever.”
It’s a surprisingly open-arms approach to the situation, given the potential for bad blood. “We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do,” Newell continued.
“I think at the end of the day we’re going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games.”
Sounds like this whole issue could well be wrapped up nicely. Let’s hope the two work together in time for Battlefield 3 to come to Steam.