Battlefield 3 will not be sold via Steam

While EA has officially stated that Battlefield 3 won't be available via Steam as of now, a deal with Valve could still be reached closer to the game's release

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Battlefield 3 will not be sold via Steam Battlefield 3 is one of this year's most highly anticipated games
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  August 8, 2011

Battlefield 3 will not be available to players via content distribution service Steam. Gamers will have to rely on other content distribution systems such as Origin.

EA says Steam's restrictive terms of service are to blame. Electronic Arts' Seeson Mahathavorn had this to say:

EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

For more on our policy to offer games to any major third party download service, please read here: http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7372195.page

Gamers can pre-order Battlefield 3 at Origin.com as well as over 100 digital retailers worldwide. EA offers games to all major download services. Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices.

We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 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 hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers listed at http://www.battlefield.com/digitaldownload, or go tohttp://www.origin.com.

Battlefield 3 is the eleventh game in the Battlefield franchise and is being developed by EA Digital Illusions CE. It offers first person shooter (FPS) gameplay and is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows gaming platforms in October.

It is possible that Electronic Arts may yet be able to reach an agreement with Valve Corporation - the company that developed and owns Steam - in time for the game's official launch.

It is estimated that Steam has a 70% share of the digital distribution market for video games. At present there are over 30 million active user accounts and over 1,300 games available via the service.

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