Last year, many large EA-published titles including Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 were inexplicably removed from Steam. After some inquiries into the problem, EA revealed that it had a problem with Valve’s terms of service that restricts content provider’s ability to provide patches and content.

However, when Sims 3 ended up appearing on Steam, it appeared that EA and Valve had come to some sort of agreement to allow EA games to show up on Steam.

Apparently, this isn’t the case.

In a Q&A about Origin and Mass Effect 3, Bioware Community Coordinator Chrs Priestly revealed that, for now, Mass Effect 3 would not be coming to Steam, for the same concerns that EA has had before:

During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.  We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

We can only hope that EA and Valve pull another Sims 3 to have Mass Effect 3 up on Steam.

34 COMMENTS

  1. “We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience”
    So get over it and put it on Steam because with it not on Steam I will not be purchasing it which is extremely depressing. Thanks for ruining my spring..

      • I will not use multiple services like Steam and Origin. That is one reason. Another is the shit Origin itself has gotten, to the point of not wanting to play games with it.

        Sorry, but I won’t be getting ME3 exclusively on these grounds. Well not at first anyway. Maybe when it is butt-cheap…

  2. “We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience”
    So get over it and put it on Steam because with it not on Steam I will not be purchasing it which is extremely depressing. Thanks for ruining my spring..

    • people like using steam….. from what i’m reading on reddit. no one likes origins. Enough to consider not getting this game now. i dont want to really support origins…maybe if it goes cheap on one of the other providers..and doens’t force me to use origins

  3. well there goes my Mass Effect 3, sorry but i dont want that spyware on my PC, congrats and i hope your negative numbers rise from 5 to at least 10 million EA you deserve it if you treat PC gamers like shit.

  4. If EA wants Origin to compete with Steam they need to offer superior services and pricing, not try to crowbar their way in the door via leveraging their titles.

    Anyway, I think we all know that the co-op mode in Mass Effect is just an excuse to include Origin in an attempt to avoid software piracy. In reality it incentivizes piracy (as do pre-order bonuses) up until the point that a title is fully multiplayer.

    Yet if if game companies continue to go down this path, we will simply see private MP servers and hamachi-based gaming networks continue to grow. Sad that some companies like to dig their own graves when it comes the the PC by failing to draw the appropriate conclusions about their differences.

  5. I for one will be getting the 360 version simply because I started my ME Shepard there and plan on finishing her there, but have happened to purchased both ME and ME2 cheaply on steam just for the hell of it and played through those… but I honestly refuse to support Origin.

    I don’t like how EA does business. I don’t like their shady tactics, I don’t like the idea of their Origin service growing and being a huge player in the game. On the flip side, I trust Valve a whole lot more than I do EA and just about every move they’ve take with steam seems to be a correct one that seems to matter more to gamers than it does the bottom line of money.

    So, I won’t be continuing my PC Shepard to competition, so be it… and yes I know getting the 360 version means I’m still supporting EA… but it’s not supporting Origin and that’s good in my books. I figure, if enough gamers like myself boycott Origin for EA’s PC titles, they’ll see the slump in sales and question the entire thing. Of course… they could just be as stupid as Ubisoft whom just assume they’ve thwarted Piracy because they see no PC sales… but hey… not everyone can be that dumb.

    • What Is wrong with you?  Learn to boycott like an adult AND DON”T BUY ANYTHING EA.  geez, some people can’t wrangle in their own inner children.

  6. See, this is why piracy has become so popular.

    If they really wanted to make money they would put it on Steam so people wouldn’t have to deal with the shit storm that is EA Origin. Such a pity, too, because I really admire Bioware. Perhaps I’ll donate my $50 to them directly.

  7. Well, I have mass effect 1 and 2 at steam, I have no interest in installing a crappy spyware buggy piece of sshit like Origin to have the third installment in another platform.

    Watch the torrents escalate while you miss thousands of sales, EA.

  8. I like having my games on Steam. The only reason I don’t buy a PC game is because it’s not there or I couldn’t activate on it.

    I wouldn’t be able to afford any game on Origin anyway. Since there is an EA office on Brazil, it means that Origin prices get a whooping 60% increase because of taxes. I can actually avoid them buying on Steam or from any store outside my country. I’m not boycotting them, they are boycotting me. :P

  9. This is amazing news, more companies should reject steam and take this fucking monopoly down. I’ve reported THQ and valve to the FBI for anti-trust busting. The entire premise of steam network is a monopoly, a coercive tool, and a market allocation scheme by developers.

    All the while… consumers pay for it, because if for any reason their account gets deleted, (and valve neither has to disclose why, nor give you a specified reason. But being the dogs that you are, you’ll just assume everyone is a hacker. You vote republican too?) you’re out of a game. Why bother buying games you cannot enjoy because they’re tied to the personal account you cannot access?

    You talk about pirating. Be an internet tough guy against valve, and pirate any game on steam network. Teach your friends how to pirate, and take back the gaming industry. It isn’t right that they get to twist people’s money and the market itself to fit their own desires. And proof is, the only reason why more people DON’T pirate, is it’s not as easy as it looks, and it more so is for single player games. Multiplayer pirating takes a bit more skill to run cracked servers, or “blend in” on legitimate servers. And ofcourse… valve is prepared for this, releasing useless patch after useless patch precisely so you have to upgrade every five seconds. If you’re a pirate, you will be spendng time blending in copying new patches, not playing games. OR, you will use steam, and inevitably get screwed over. Even IF you never lose your account, and that’s a big if… you shouldn’t have to rely on when steam servers feel like running to play the game you payed for.

    • Kinda missing the point there bub. Steam provides a solid, reliable service, which is why both devs and consumers put up with it’s pricing shenanagans. I use GOG’s service, Desura and Steam, so there’s hardly a monopoly there.

      Why I don’t use Origin:
      * Unreliable data connections
      * No download-resume so if something goes wrong you need to d//l the whole thing again (combined with the above point, this defeats the advantage for a consumer to bother with a game management service like this)
      * Origin is EA in exactly the same way as Steam is Valve, but more locked down as Origin is EA only, while Steam allows 3rd party devs.
      * Spyware functions (with no opt-out)
      * Your points about steam servers running apply equally to Origin, as does account lock-outs. You have to do something pretty dumb to get your account locked.

      When I was a student, I used to pirate. A lot. Never found it remotely hard. Recently it just seems to be getting easier, not harder, as long as you don’t desire multiplayer, and even that is fairly easy for many games. For something like Mass Effect? The point is single-player with the MP features as sugar on-top. As a result, running a pirated copy would be appealing to many as it will just work, and you’ll be able to download it reliably and quickly, with a nice easy setup.

      If this is restricted to Origin, I simply won’t buy it, won’t pirate either, because I’m now mature enough that I like to reward the makers of good games – but not if they’re going to make it hard for me. Origin makes things hard, so any Origin exclusive titles can take a hike.

      If it was on Steam or Desura, I’d buy it. Because I’ve had good, reliable service from those systems, while I’ve had utterly shit service from Origin.

      • Right on Crocos Nz!
         
        Why I don’t use Origin:* Unreliable data connections* No download-resume so if something goes wrong you need to d//l the whole thing again (combined with the above point, this defeats the advantage for a consumer to bother with a game management service like this)* Origin is EA in exactly the same way as Steam is Valve, but more locked down as Origin is EA only, while Steam allows 3rd party devs.* Spyware functions (with no opt-out)* Your points about steam servers running apply equally to Origin, as does account lock-outs.

    • Kinda missing the point there bub. Steam provides a solid, reliable service, which is why both devs and consumers put up with it’s pricing shenanagans. I use GOG’s service, Desura and Steam, so there’s hardly a monopoly there.

      Why I don’t use Origin:
      * Unreliable data connections
      * No download-resume so if something goes wrong you need to d//l the whole thing again (combined with the above point, this defeats the advantage for a consumer to bother with a game management service like this)
      * Origin is EA in exactly the same way as Steam is Valve, but more locked down as Origin is EA only, while Steam allows 3rd party devs.
      * Spyware functions (with no opt-out)
      * Your points about steam servers running apply equally to Origin, as does account lock-outs. You have to do something pretty dumb to get your account locked.

      When I was a student, I used to pirate. A lot. Never found it remotely hard. Recently it just seems to be getting easier, not harder, as long as you don’t desire multiplayer, and even that is fairly easy for many games. For something like Mass Effect? The point is single-player with the MP features as sugar on-top. As a result, running a pirated copy would be appealing to many as it will just work, and you’ll be able to download it reliably and quickly, with a nice easy setup.

      If this is restricted to Origin, I simply won’t buy it, won’t pirate either, because I’m now mature enough that I like to reward the makers of good games – but not if they’re going to make it hard for me. Origin makes things hard, so any Origin exclusive titles can take a hike.

      If it was on Steam or Desura, I’d buy it. Because I’ve had good, reliable service from those systems, while I’ve had utterly shit service from Origin.

  10. The worst part is the limitation on the number of instalations of the game. Seriously, after all that time, EA? I know piracy is shit, but this kind of stuff actually damages the consumers so bad that piracy is incentivated.

  11. Have to state Im not going to go to a Store,  I find Steam Games to be better quality provided the game itself is good Quality.  buying from a store has to many times gone Wrong with me and Wouldnt be Re-funded (SC 2 For Prime Example) Among other things.  Till it gos on Steam im not buying.

  12. I just can’t understand this uproar against Origin. Actually I am surprised that others have put up with Valve’s monopoly for so long. It was just the same whining back in the day when Half Life 2 came out. People were appalled that you were forced to install Valve’s new terrible spyware tool called “Steam” to be able to play it. The memory of man is so short it keeps amazing me. :)

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