Valve games now on rival EA’s Origin service

Saturday, 3rd September 2011 17:12 GMT By Andrew Groen

In a bizarre move, EA’s Origin downloadable PC game service has started featuring game’s from their #1 rival in that space, Valve.

When EA first launched Origin, they got a little bit cutthroat about the whole thing. They started yanking their games from Steam to keep them as exclusives on Origin. We thought this would be the beginning of a new PC-based distribution war, but it appears somebody is extending a peace offering.

EA is currently offering a buy-2-get-1 free deal that includes several of Valve’s games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Counter-Strike: Source. No details on their emerging relationship have surfaced, nor has either offered any explanation for the sudden change of heart.

However, it appears that the two of them may be agreeing to co-occupy the territory. Perhaps they both recognize that there’s no way to “win” a download service war. Both companies have enough compelling exclusives to keep both services installed on gamer’s hard drives til Kingdom Come.



  1. DSB

    There are no words. I got nothin’.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NeoSquall

    Actually, EA is the retail publisher for L4D2, CS:S.
    Can’t say for the other titles because there is no change in Origin’s EU catalog.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. triggerhappy

    HA! Thats all I got…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 Yeah, I can’t find them either. EA was only handling distribution for brick and mortar up till now. But they’re already carrying Bulletstorm.

    I guess all you can do is hunker down and hope that publishers won’t ever get the kind of sway over retail that’ll allow them to actually influence the market.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    Steam managed to get another £30 from me this week after grabbing Tropico 4. The last time EA got any money from me was with its half baked ‘expansion’ for BC2 – vietnam, which was almost a year ago?

    And it will probably be the last time they get any money from me as well.

    Maybe Valve are testing the waters to see the impact this will have on their sales. And, it also shows that Valve dont throw their toys out of the pram until EA

    #5 3 years ago
  6. BrianBerkDevtesla

    Wait wait wait this is misleading. EA uses the same name for their Amazon-like online store that they do for their download service. You can technically buy Counter Strike from Origin here, but if you click on the “add to cart” link you’ll see that the only delivery option is “physical”, it’s sending a boxed copy to your house. I highly doubt that this is new, and you probably were able to buy the same games from the old EA Store, a result of the distribution agreement Valve has had with EA for some time (and still do have, they were the distributor for Portal 2). What you can’t do is buy these games from the Origin client the way you can every EA game.

    I mean, Counter Strike is heavily integrated into Steam, so if you were able to download it through Origin I guess you’d have to then also download Steam, and then open it through Origin and then that opens Steam or something? Or Origin would just give you a Steam code, like it works with Steamworks games on other download services that don’t rely on clients, but that’s not what’s going on here. So yea, this isn’t news!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 And even that seems to only be valid in the US. When I follow that link it identifies me as a Euro, and I can’t find any Valve games anywhere.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Zonejeu

    None of them are available in Origin-EU for now, will check again next week though, or maybe it’s a US-only deal ?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Fin



    Ahh, that makes sense.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    I just have a question, Who in their RIGHT MIND would purchase a VALVE game NOT on the VALVE’s STEAM?! mind bugled… Am I dreaming dread? or is this one of those wet dreams that I used to have that subject was totally stupid and out of the context suddenly a vampire chick shows up and …

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    There was no fucking “war” to begin with. It’s just media sensationalism.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    I agree its a little weird but EA is the publisher and distributor so if they want to offer it. Let them I guess.

    BTW they are all the same price between eachother.


    I agree. And this article is wrong at the top it says that EA took them down from steam when there is only speculation about who did what. SO Hyperbole much?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. NeoSquall

    @5 “but if you click on the “add to cart” link you’ll see that the only delivery option is “physical”, it’s sending a boxed copy to your house.”


    #13 3 years ago
  14. Bringit

    Andrew, the reason EA’s games aren’t on Steam is not because EA wanted to make them exclusive to Origin.

    EA is happy to sell their games through Steam, just as they are happy to sell them via GAME or Amazon.

    What EA wants to do, which is what they can do when they sell it via GAME or Amazon, is sell DLC directly to the consumer. No middle-man.

    To explain simply. Gamer buys Battlefield from Steam. Battlefield DLC is then sold to the customer directly from EA, not through Steam.

    This is against Valve’s policies, and as a result EA games that have DLC are removed from Steam.

    So this article is wrong and misleading.

    #14 3 years ago

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