Over the past few months or so, a gap has opened between up Valve and their long time publishing partner Electronic Arts on the issue that involve with Valve’s online gaming marketplace service, Steam. While it’s still unclear as to what is going on between the two, it has made EA to made decision in pulling Crysis 2 and Dragon Age II from the Steam storefront, and the publisher has also said that their upcoming blockbuster release, Battlefield 3 will not make any appearance on the service as well.
It has led Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Valve hoping to bring EA back into the game. Speaking to Develop, Newell said EA’s issues with Steam involve “a whole complicated set of issues,” but he thinks the companies can overcome their differences. Newell also said that its depends to Valve to prove to EA that it is worth to distribute its games through Steam.
“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.”
“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,” he continued. “It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games…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.”