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A huge blow comes today to digital downloaders, primarily PC gamers. Battlefield 3 will not be appearing on Valve’s uber-popular digital distribution service, Steam. Apparently EA doesn’t want to feed anymore money to Valve than they already have and so Battlefield 3 will be available to other select digital distributors, including GameStop’s service, but not Steam.
In a report from Develop concerning a financial report from market research firm Baird…
“The upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam.”… “Given Steam's dominance – and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application – publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative,”Ouch. That means all those millions and millions of potential consumers just sitting there at their Steam client willing, wanting and waiting to download Battlefield 3 will not be able to do so. Basically you'll have to break your pledge of allegiance to Valve’s imperialistic software service if you want to get a digital version of Battlefield 3, which is about as asinine as having a limited amount of installs available from a disc-based game *cough*DRM*cough*.
Now I’m no fan of Steam’s intrusive and sometimes cumbersome hold over the games installed to your hard drive, but it seems a little silly to withhold one of the biggest PC launches in the past five years from the biggest digital distributor in order to facilitate a feigned sense of corporate socialism. This is especially considering that this is coming from a publisher who is all about putting licensed strangleholds on properties such as the NFL and NBA.
Anyways, you can still look for Battlefield 3 to launch for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 25th…just don’t expect to pick up your digital copy for PC from Steam.