As you probably know, Battlefield 3 won’t be released on Steam. Valve cofounder Gabe Newell recently said that he strongly wants Battlefield 3 (and other Electronic Arts’ titles) to be published on the service again. Apparently, there’s a dispute between the two companies and as a consequence, EA pulled both Dragon Age II and Crysis 2 from Steam.
Newell said to Develop that the relationship between the two companies is “a whole complicated set of issues,” but he certainly thinks they can figure this out. Not only did Newell say that he wants to prove EA that Battlefield 3 is worth publishing on Steam, but he also wants to convince them that their online store is the best option for both of them.
“I don’t think Valve can pick just one thing and think the issue would go away if we fixed that,” Newell said. “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.”
“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.”
“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,” Valve cofounder said.
Newell didn’t exactly suggest how he will convince the company to publish games on the online store again, but the situation seems really complicated indeed.