According to Joystiq.com, Battlefield 3 may not appear on Valves Steam service. This stems from Valves decision in the past to pull EA titles from its Steam service due to a possible conflict of interest involving the latter’s venture into digital distribution, Origin. Valve maintains that the decision was not based on conflict of interest but rather contractual obligations. One notable game removed from Steam , Crysis 2 did not maintain exclusivity on the platform, thus violating Valves terms and conditions and prompting the games removal.
EA has stated that Origin is not a means in which to compete with steam, citing other digital distribution services in it’s expected retailers of Battlefield 3 including, Direct2Drive, and GamersGate. EA support has released a post that describes their opinion on the matter. One notable excerpt follows:
“However, when a download service forbids publishers from contacting players with patches, new levels, items and other services – it disrupts our ability to provide the ongoing support players expect from us. At present, this is the case with only one download service. While EA offers its entire portfolio to this site, they have elected to not post many of our games. We hope to find a mutually agreeable solution to this issue soon.”
While it hopes to make good with fellow developer/digital distributor Valve, EA has stated they will be hosting Origin exclusive titles. Hopefully the matter will soon be resolved and the two companies will make nice.