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EA is once again selling its games through Steam, and it'll offer its EA Access games subscription service through Valve's platform as well. The partnership starts next month with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and multiplayer games such as Apex Legends and FIFA 20 are on the way to Steam too. When the latter games do arrive, you might find that your Origin and Steam friend lists are integrated.

EA's will soon start selling their games on Valve's marketplace Steam, which many people are extremely loyal to and consider to be the best online marketplace.

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With that in mind, you'll need to create an EA account (if you haven't already done so) to buy or access EA games on Steam. You'll also need to use EA's Origin launcher during the setup process, Blank said, but once you've linked your accounts, you'll be able to launch the games directly from Steam.

While linking friends lists is good, I don't think that requiring EA accounts and the Origin launcher is the best idea.  People don't want to have to install another piece of bloatware, especially when this is being marketed as decreasing the bloat.

 

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Blank wouldn't discuss specifics of the partnership with Steam, including whether EA got a more favorable revenue share from Valve than other publishers and studios, nor whether Valve will receive a cut of in-game purchases. There's also no word as yet on whether you can expect to see EA games on other digital storefronts, such as Epic's store. The publisher isn't ruling that out, however.

 

 

While I think that reducing exclusivity is definitely a good thing, requiring an EA account and the use of the Origin launcher makes no sense to me, especially for singleplayer, purportedly micro-transaction free games like Jedi: Fallen Order. 

 

Source: Gizmodo



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This is the single strongest argument for why Valve should moderate shovelware I have ever seen.


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I wonder if some developers will delay their Steam release in favor of their own DDS first. Developers are also making users setup accounts and using their bloatware to help mitigate piracy. I understand wanting to protect their work but they'd be better off requiring a Steam account then their own account for purchase verification. 

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Does EA even make good games anymore?


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Congrats EA on catching up to Ubisoft. 


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As cells in nature, toxics tend to agglomerate in groups, in this case you can see how EA the company whose games already have a strong but compact toxic playerbase seeks aid before its own toxicity destroys it, you see, toxics need to feed (it's a matter of survival after all, the strongest toxics devour the weakest by using methods as "flame wars", "trolling" or "doxxing") or their mitochrondia (that's the powerhouse of the cell) will soon die, so it seeks aid and finds Steam, the platform with the largest, strongest and meanest toxics in the world, now for some time the small EA group will circle around or orbit the larger one, but both will eventually merge to form a homogeneous solution made out of the most toxic members of both.

 

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No? But I don't really buy EA games anymore so....

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EA: Announcing Battlefield TCG.


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53 minutes ago, OlympicAssEater said:

BATTLEFIELD GAMES ON STEAM LET'S GO!

 

49 minutes ago, TrigrH said:

shame all the latest games have been shit: hardline, 1, V.

BFBC2 is still on steam, and last time I looked the online was active.

 

You know, the last truly good Battlefield game.


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11 minutes ago, Trik'Stari said:

 

BFBC2 is still on steam, and last time I looked the online was active.

 

You know, the last truly good Battlefield game.

Is it? Last time I played, it took nearly 20 minutes to find a match with enough people to start. 


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1 hour ago, ARikozuM said:

Does EA even make good games anymore?

NGL, Jedi: Fallen Order looks good.  Don't know about anything else.


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1 hour ago, TrigrH said:

shame all the latest games have been shit: hardline, 1, V.

Fuck off, Hardline was great!

...after a few patches. It was fun and different, and actually plays really well now, but everyone left it and never returned because it had a shit launch, and then EA killed Visceral.

 

I'm figuring EA isn't making any sales, despite the fact that no one cares about their games anymore, so they're moving back to Steam. The only time I very occasionally launch Origin is for Burnout, especially after my account with BF4 got accidentally deleted/locked. There goes $15.


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1 hour ago, leadeater said:
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It's time to Du-Du-DUN-Du-DUN


Judge the product by it's own merits, not by the Company that created it.

 

 

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2 hours ago, leadeater said:
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14 minutes ago, Arika S said:

It's time to Du-Du-DUN-Du-DUN

So um, my on topic reply is below, but I kinda feel like you set yourselves up for this one :P 

 

2 hours ago, FezBoy said:

EA's will soon start selling their games on Valve's marketplace Steam, which many people are extremely loyal to and consider to be the best online marketplace.

While linking friends lists is good, I don't think that requiring EA accounts and the Origin launcher is the best idea.  People don't want to have to install another piece of bloatware, especially when this is being marketed as decreasing the bloat.

 

While I think that reducing exclusivity is definitely a good thing, requiring an EA account and the use of the Origin launcher makes no sense to me, especially for singleplayer, purportedly micro-transaction free games like Jedi: Fallen Order. 

 

Source: Gizmodo

 

Although I begrudgingly use the Origin Launcher, it is nice to see some positive support for what the consumer actually wants instead of forcing us to remember which of the 14 thousand launchers pertains to what game we want to play. That being said, if EA & valve can't find a way to integrate Steam's multiplayer functionality directly into their games in a way that still allows Steam users to play with EA users without having to create an EA account anyway, then I really don't see the value proposition.

 

As a consumer, the last thing I want to continue doing is logging into multiple accounts or systems - I want ONE gaming launcher, ONE music streaming interface, ONE video streaming interface, and ONE software store, all of which operate cross-platform between Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, and Linux. Give me anything else, and you're only dissuading me from purchasing items I desire.


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So more or less like Rockstar and ubisoft then.


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5 hours ago, FezBoy said:

I don't think that requiring EA accounts and the Origin launcher is the best idea.

It was like this in the past as well I think. And it's the same for ubisoft.

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4 hours ago, FezBoy said:

NGL, Jedi: Fallen Order looks good.  Don't know about anything else.

its made by Respawn. Respawn being one of the last good names under the EA banner. their games have been less succecful than they deserve. and EA more or less tried to run the studio into the ground. somehow they are still standing today. 

 

i might be interested in it as Respawn makes some really nice games. 

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6 hours ago, ARikozuM said:

Does EA even make good games anymore?

Well I'm having a blast with Apex, but that is made by Respawn Entertainment which has only made good games up to this point so i dunno :P Also them having to be under EA's wing does not help the microtransaction stuff, but for a f2p game its not that bad tbh.

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7 hours ago, ARikozuM said:

Is it? Last time I played, it took nearly 20 minutes to find a match with enough people to start. 

I tried it about a month or two ago and it was active. Might have been a random spike, might not have. BF1 was dead so I had nothing else worth trying.


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If this is bad news, then is EA leaving Steam good news?


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